In Amber Brewster’s post entitled “Communicating with Students”, she talks about handwritten notes. I consider it to be something of a lost art form.
My friend and I have started writing letters to each other. There’s something incredibly beautiful about putting pen to paper and seeing your words etched out in your own handwriting. Then I think about poets and writers putting their thoughts and words on paper. I love to see a “rough draft” of a poem or story with words and sections crossed out and marked up. You can almost crawl inside the writer’s mind and see the process. You can imagine him or her thinking, ‘No, this word doesn’t say it, this word is the right one!’ It’s another way to connect with the writer.
Borders announced it’s closing down. It feels like a big loss to me. I remember going there in high school. Looking through the books, finding a new one to take home. I remember hearing once that the only reason Barnes & Noble stayed open and made money was through their textbook sales. How sad. It makes me wonder if the majority of people really read.
Then I start to wonder if maybe technology could encourage a new generation of readers. I think about what stops people from reading. I grew up with a love of books because my family loved books. However, if my only experience had been having to read books I didn’t enjoy because it was required for school, I think my feelings would change. Not only that but if I’d struggled to read because of a learning disorder. We learned about text-to-speech in class the other week, and it seems like a great way to help students who struggle with reading.
So maybe there is hope for readers everywhere.
(I feel I should add that I do realize that I’m writing about the lost art form of putting pen to paper on an online blog. I guess that’s just a result of this world I live in, somewhere on the cusp of the old and the new.)