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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Precious Ink | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Precious Ink

Everybody used to learn handwriting in school. And whether or not our handwriting was beautiful, we knew cursive and studied penmanship. Today, classroom instruction hours are shrinking and who needs penmanship when we have keyboards and autocorrect? This hour, are we witnessing the twilight of handwriting? We check out culture of graffiti, hear listener-stories about their most precious handwritten notes, and get to know writer David Foster Wallace through his letters.
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Publisher's Summary

In this hour, we asked you to share memories and stories of your most precious saved handwriting. Here's some of what you told us.

Next, Adam Mansbach knows the world of graffit writers. He's even tried tagging himself, but mostly, settles for writing about it in his novel Rage is Back. He tells Anne Strainchamps about the culture of graffiti and the artistry involved.

Then, Scott Topper's a poet, but that doesn't meant he's not conflicted about the twin powers of reading and writing.

After that, with so much curriculum to get through in school - should we still be teaching handwriting, especially when we live in a world with keyboards and autocorrect? Kitty Burns Florey says - yes! She's a novelist, editor and the author of the book Script and Scribble.

Following that, more stories from you -- about precious bits of handwriting you've saved over the years.

Then, Samara O'Shea is a professional letter writer and the author of For the Love of Letters. According to O'Shea, it's hard to compete with the intensity and the passion of a personal, handwritten letter. She tells Anne Strainchamps about the ingredients that go into a powerful letter.

And finally, David Foster Wallace wasn't just a writer of novels and essays. He was also a prolific and energetic correspondent. Biographer DT Max used Wallace's letters as a primary tool for understanding one of America's most verbose and cerebal writers, and shares what he finds in Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. [Broadcast Date: February 15, 2013]

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