Monday, October 03, 2005

forgotten skill

Forgotten skills. Ink on paper. Pens and ruled pad. The uncertain scratching of the pen’s tip on white paper produces sensuous friction. It soothes the nerves. It brings liberation like a day-old itch that has just been scratched. I haven’t written in the old-fashioned way for quite some time. And I miss it. I saw it done here once and I thought I would give it a try to see if I could still write with a pen. I yearn for forgotten habits and lost skills.

13 Comments:

At 3:15 PM, Blogger rmacapobre said...

penmanship (comment dit-on en français?). je souviens que nous l'avons appris en école de grade 1 à grade 6.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

Penmanship = calligraphie.

Indeed a nice handwriting. You should not use a keyboard & computer but write everything down with a pen & paper.

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger slim whale said...

RMACAPOBRE--oui, on l'a apris mais, a cause de l'ordinateur, on a oublie d'ecrire comme ca. (pardon l'absence des accent, le blogger ne le permet pas)

SIDNEY--thanks. for a long time, i had this crazy obsession for 17th century calligraphy. i should find time to write longhand again. it's therapeutic.

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Abaniko said...

i happen to read books on graphology. hmm, interesting strokes of t and i.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger slim whale said...

does it actually work, graphology? my penmanship has been analyzed twice by two different people. in both instances, i purposedly changed my strokes slightly. they both gave me outlandish analyses that did not even come close to who i actually am. hehe. but i'd love to have it analyzed again. maybe you can practice on my penmanship? send me your analysis privately, hehe.

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger rmacapobre said...

graphologie?? hmm interesting ..

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger snst_blvd said...

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At 5:46 PM, Blogger snst_blvd said...

slim, i now offically declare you as the only male person i know with an alluring penmanship. much more maarte than mine. god is cruel.

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger transience said...

write me. bastard.

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger slim whale said...

RMACAPOBRE--very interesting. i'd like to have it analyzed again.

SUNSET EYES--don't blame god. blame your gradeschool's copy book. i just took my penmanship lessons in grade 1 too seriously. the other curves and embellishments, i got from calligraphy books, especially from 17th century letters.

TRANSIENCE--sure. bitch.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Abaniko said...

if you change your strokes, the analyses would of course, change too. i think a person's penmanship reflects his personality to some extent. but i don't do analysis. i just read the book and secretly validate penmanships of those people I know for fun.

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger slim whale said...

ABANIKO--i heard they used to use graphology in solving crimes before, especially serial killings. but not anymore. or maybe i just got that from some cheesy crime novel...

probably it does reflect a person's personality. i just wonder how'd they analyze the handwriting of students from assumption college, where everyone is required to follow a very strict penmanship copy book. they practically have the same penmanship there.

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger post said...

jesus, that's your handwriting? it's a trillion-billion-gazillion times prettier than mine. and i'm a girl.

 

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