[Humanist] 30.776 hands on

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Sat Feb 25 06:52:53 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 776.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:49:51 -0500
        From: Andrew Brook <andrewbrook at cunet.carleton.ca>
        Subject: Hands on

In response to Tim Ingold's analysis of hand-writing and keyboards, I 
want to say that the advent of word processors in the early 1980s was 
the most liberating thing that has ever happened to my writing. Being 
able to revise and print a new draft in a minute freed me from having to 
rewrite by hand and pester always obliging but exploited secretaries to 
retype the result. My productivity soared. For me, writing by hand is 
about the most confining way of writing there is, even more so than (my 
much-beloved) mechanical typewriter (which I still have) (full 
disclosure: my hand-writing is pretty clunky).


Andrew Brook
Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Emeritus
Treasurer, International Psychoanalytic Association
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