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A letter!

An actual, honest-to-goodness postal mail letter. Yay! There's something so lovely about getting mail. Personal mail: letters, cards, postcards. Something to read and hold and understand and close the miles. I'm no luddite; I think that e-mail and instant messaging are good and useful things, but they don't replace the intimacy of writing on paper. In some ways, I think it's even better than the telephone. There are a lot of nuances of expression in the human voice, but you can't really touch it.

And there are nuances in writing as well. Thinking about what stationery to use. Which pen? The way that each person's handwriting manifests itself: the cool elegance of perfect Palmer-method cursive. The airy, studied precision of an architect's block capitals. The mad, hybrid scrawl of ideas flowing on to paper, fueled by one too many late-night espressos. Or a languid, calligraphic script.

I envision the writer, poised, pen in hand, like a conductor raising their baton before the orchestra, ready, the last strains of the tuning fading into the darkness as the thoughts coalesce. What is this composition? What do you want it to be? The staff paper stands, ready, taut lines prepared to carry the weight of this new creation.

Grazie.

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crayonbeam
Jun. 26th, 2003 10:51 pm (UTC)
I hope you had to Google "cursive writing" to get to "Palmer-method".
byronium
Jun. 27th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC)
Nope... how scary is that?

(I remembered it from an Ian Shoales story in which he was relating the tale of being in grade school and complaining that the Palmer method was "stupid" because the Q's looked like 2's.)
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