The French Paper Mill That Sold to Dalí and Picasso – YouTube

For 700 years, the Richard de Bas paper mill has produced some of the world’s finest paper. The French constitution is printed on paper from this mill. And artists like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall were customers. Emmanuel runs the business today. His great grandfather bought the mill in Ambert, France, during World War II, and it has stayed in the family ever since. It’s one of the last in France where paper is made by hand.

(via Kottke)

Where Theory Meets Chalk, Dust Flies – The New York Times

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Where Theory Meets Chalk, Dust Flies – The New York Times

This is what thought looks like. Ideas, and ideas about ideas. Suppositions and suspicions about relationships among abstract notions — shape, number, geometry, space — emerging through a fog of chalk dust, preferably of the silky Hagoromo chalk, originally from Japan, now made in South Korea. In these diagrams, mysteries are being born and solved.

Well-Read Life™: Why You Should Hack Levenger Pens

Well-Read Life™: Why You Should Hack Levenger Pens

But here’s a secret that up until now very few people have known: most Levenger brand rollerball pens will accept Pilot G2 refills. Why is this good to know? Because Pilot G2 pens are some of the most appreciated and most widely available pens on the planet.

I can attest to this. I’ve had a Levenger True Writer rollerball for at least 10 years and have used a Pilot G2 refill in it since the beginning.

The Liberation and Consternation of Writing a Whole Book with Paper and Pen | Literary Hub

The Liberation and Consternation of Writing a Whole Book with Paper and Pen | Literary Hub

That’s because I wrote probably 75 percent of Hungry in longhand, on planes and trains, in public libraries and cocktail bars. To finish the manuscript (no mean feat with four children in the house, two of them infants and two of them teenagers) I carried around equipment similar to the gear I have with me now on the train: a cheap Wexford wide-ruled notebook from somewhere chic like Staples or Walgreens, and a pen bestowed upon me by some nice person at the New Orleans tourism board.

(via James Schirmer)

Writing with Pen and Paper – Cheri Baker

Writing with Pen and Paper – Cheri Baker

Although I was afraid my hand would get tired, and my handwriting would be illegible, it turns out that I love writing fiction by hand. Not only is it fun, but it comes with all these weird bonuses you don’t get when working on a computer. Like Gaiman suggested, hand writing forces me to slow down and think before filling up a page, and therefore I’m less inclined to drop waste-words on the screen and waste even more time fiddling with them. Additionally, seeing the story in my mind’s eye is far easier when I’m using a pen. I don’t know why, but I’ll run with it! And I love the way writing in a journal makes my first draft feel entirely private, much more so than when I work on a screen. There are no distractions inside a paper journal, and no notifications jumping out to fuck with you.

Nice post. There’s also some great follow up comments on Micro.blog

Why the World’s Best Mathematicians Are Hoarding Chalk – YouTube

Once upon a time, not long ago, the math world fell in love … with a chalk. But not just any chalk! This was Hagoromo: a Japanese brand so smooth, so perfect that some wondered if it was made from the tears of angels. Pencils down, please, as we tell the tale of a writing implement so irreplaceable, professors stockpiled it.

So many people sent this to me. For good reason, it’s fascinating and wonderful.