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The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting


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The future of handwriting is anything but certain. Its history, however, shows how much it has affected culture and civilization for millennia.

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Anne Trubek is the editor in chief of Belt magazine and publisher of Belt Publishing. She has published articles in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, and many other publications. She is the author of A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


As Anne Trubek makes clear in this slim but eloquent volume, handwriting has always been about more than simply words on paper . . . Trubek's book is thoroughly engaging and filled with odd, even moving facts. * Boston Globe *
Ms. Trubek unearths some captivating sidelights in the history of handwriting. * Wall Street Journal *
A compelling and entertaining history of humanity's relationship to the physical act of writing . . . extremely readable. * Newsday *
Anne Trubek covers a great deal of interesting ground in The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting . . . Trubek's history of handwriting is a story of metamorphosis, not of decline. * Inside Higher Ed *
Well-researched . . . [Trubek] persuasively argues that our fixation with writing by hand is driven more by emotion than evidence, as it is perceived to be inextricably linked to our history, core values and individual identities. * Los Angeles Times *
A succinct overview of written communication . . . Trubek believes that change offers opportunities 'in accessibility, in democratization . . . that should be celebrated.' Quirky facts enliven a brisk story of the history of handwriting. * Kirkus Reviews *
Thoroughly enjoyable. . . delightful history [ending] with the conclusion that handwriting will not vanish but perhaps, like letterpress printing, become a fine art. * Publishers Weekly *
[Trubek] considers the political and social implications inherent in who learned to write, what they recorded and the scripts they used . . . Trubek never loses sight of the fact that handwriting is a controversial subject today. Throughout her history, she offers amusing and insightful comparisons between past and present, preparing the reader for a final discussion of the future of handwriting. The result is a light-handed and thoughtful account of a complicated subject. * Shelf Awareness *
Ms. Trubek is a bewitching and witty travel partner. * Wall Street Journal on A SKEPTIC'S GUIDE TO WRITERS' HOUSES *
A slim, clever bit of literary criticism masquerading as smart travel writing. * Chicago Tribune on A SKEPTIC'S GUIDE TO WRITERS' HOUSES *
A blazingly intelligent romp, full of humor and hard-won wisdom...[Trubek] crisscrosses the country in search of epiphanies on the doorsteps of some of our more important writers. * Minneapolis Star-Tribune on A SKEPTIC'S GUIDE TO WRITERS' HOUSES *

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