• Buying Handmade

    As the word turns

    Despite the fact that cursive handwriting is being taught less often in schools today (see Are pens becoming relics of the past?), and despite the fact that bookstores everywhere are struggling to stay in business, it strikes me that we use words—handwritten, hand- or machine-printed, hand-painted, screen-printed, block-printed, carved, incised, tattooed, and so on—in more non-publication ways than ever. We have a love affair with words, in other words. And it’s all about the drive to communicate in a world where the news of the moment becomes old news as soon as you can transmit another electronic message. Basically, that means this very next second. Are we compensating by finding…