Welcome to our 9th Carnival of Pen, Pencil, and Paper, collecting the past month’s highlights from blogs about pens, notebooks, office supplies and art supplies. The iPad may be getting all the hype this week, but we’re here to celebrate pads made of paper, ink that is not e-ink, and pages that turn in actual 3D space rather than just a ripple of electrons across a screen. Don’t get me wrong– I’m not anti-technology and I love my Apple products. But for this month’s Carnival, I decided to highlight the long history of paper, pen and pencil by choosing a few Editor’s Picks that remind us that some technologies stay in use for hundreds of years, while others will be replaced by something new in no time and won’t leave such interesting stories behind.
Lito Apostolakou presents Pencil Leads in Paris Barricades. Victor Hugo’s Pencil Stub. posted at Palimpsest. A fascinating story about a humble pencil stub’s role in French political upheaval.
And now on to the rest of our submissions:
That’s it for this month. Thank you to everyone who submitted these excellent posts! Next month’s Carnival will be hosted at Whatever by Okami. You can submit a post using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. More info about the Carnival posted here too.