" The most depressing thing was that my appalling handwriting bore no
resemblance to the elegant flourishes that had so impressed me. Indeed, it took
an enormous effort of will to first put expensive pen to expensive paper, to
sully the textured pages with my constipated scrawl. Having forced a few lines
onto the page a malicious little voice in my head would mutter “Now you’ve gone
and spoilt it”. And I really felt I had inadvertently performed a sacrilegious action; it would have been far better if I had left the wretched thing alone as
a mute reproach to a life not in the least less ordinary. If “the medium is the
message”, as Marshall McLuhan wrote – or nearly wrote – then this particular
medium’s message was nothing if not unambiguous: keep off the parchment…"
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Image: "in shadow"
By kiwêhowin @ Moleskinerie/FLICKR
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