A lovely little interview with Ronald Dahl about his writing practice including his use of pencil and paper. (via Garrick Wood)
In some cases, the patients’ drawings looked just like scribbles. But how good – or bad – the drawings were didn’t seem to matter. In fact, in most of the experiments, the researchers assessed their participants’ ability to create vivid images and also their experience at drawing, and neither was correlated with memory performance. Even people who struggle to create a stick figure should, then, get memory benefits from drawing.
Could also be a good case for using Sketchnotes to capture information.
By the way, both this link and the previous one via Austin Kleon’s always excellent newsletter.
In an age of sharply escalating computerization and digitization of everything into an intangible ether, it can be hard to remember that paper, too, is just another medium, something that acts as a transmitter for something written or typed in the past.
I can divide my life into the disorganized forgetful mess I was before I had my first notebook, and the increasingly organizing and effective person I am still becoming since then.
“I was asked what syntax I use in my notebook: 🔲✔️ for tasks #️⃣ for notes/ideas ↪️ for sub-notes That’s it!”
On a recent drizzly Tuesday morning, a small group of ink enthusiasts—already rain-slicked, under umbrellas and ponchos—stood on Gapstow Bridge, in Central Park, admiring a brilliant-pink pokeweed bush. The Park was the first stop on a five-hour foraging trip that would take them up to Hudson Heights, to collect foliage and trash, which they would cook, to make ink.
This is really cool! I had no idea this was even a thing.
On paper, we can reflect, gaze out the window, and return to the same page we left. Instead of it changing, we change. If screens are about going fast, paper is about going slow. If screens are where we connect with others, paper is where we connect with ourselves.
You’re going to have to do edits–probably lots (and lots) of them–and sure, you’ll have to input them into the digital doc, but if you’re analog-minded, I highly recommend making your edits on a hard copy.
Information storage today is a perfect example of almost everything in the era of the Entanglement: some old problems have been solved, but vastly more have been created, and we have lost virtually all personal control of the information. We have to negotiate with our technology now for it to yield any value, while constantly dodging the vast and terrible threats created by its rampage across the world.
A lovely and incredibly well written ode to the permanence of paper and a brand of file folder I’ve never heard of before.