Pencil on Paper

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A pencil drawing of a pencil, made for the UN Archives.

Hate is a strong word, and I hate typing on phones or tablets by trying to hit small shapes behind glass with the tips of my fingers.

I like the feel of pencils, particularly softer ones like 2B, 3B, or 4B, on paper, preferably those with texture like recycled brown paper that is often used as tablecloth in Italian trattorias, the good ones, that aren’t too expensive.

The smell of pencils and paper and the sound that a pencil marking paper makes both help me absorb and remember things.

Betty Edwards wrote Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and Frank R. Wilson wrote The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture.

Both books are warmly recommended, as is the practice of writing notes on paper using pencils.

Signed on a text editor on a computer with a fun emoji in place of an EM dash for the whole internet to see on a blog post never edited on a mobile phone,

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