Daniel Paterson lives in Paris. He has an MA (literature); writes a lot (favourite size: A5), reads a lot (anything), and sketches a little. He works as a web developer/UX expert. His first Rhodia was a yellow lined A4 pad.
Who needs to write any more? Who needs the awkward pen and precarious paper? We’ve drifted into a world where paper is no longer the default extension to the brain or body, where a book isn’t where your thoughts and memories are kept.
Can you recall the times of stashed postcards and newspaper cut-outs, when it was common to scribble a quotation or jot a book’s name? Instagram. Evernote. Kindle – choose your poison.
Mine remains paper. While I do use the aforementioned tools, I never wander too far from the touch of old media. There are many reasons for that – you know most of them – I like writing with a good fountain pen, for every other attractive notebook I fall, I cannot function without the freedom of putting any shape to any place of the blank page…
Above all, paper is a more efficient approach to the better part of all I do: paper is a more natural extension to the mind than its alternatives. It’s about rhythm, about scale, about breadth.
Bear with me into everyday life. An article makes an impression on you; naturally, you want to keep it. Easy. Save to Pocket! Yet, tell me: how many articles have you likewise saved? Which one can you summon and summarise? Quote? Attribute?
You took a few minutes to read that piece, take just a few more to inspect your thoughts, choose a noteworthy exerpt, fix a reference. Don’t you think your future, web-enhanced self will thank you?