The Social Life of Ink:
Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship With the Written Word
By Ted Bishop
Professor of English from Alberta
We take ink for granted in our lives. And given the advent of computers, it is all too easy to forget about the importance of ink. In this unique book, an English professor discusses the importance of Ink for our culture, relationships and our social life. What a gem of a book by an academic who has thought about this topic quite a bit!
Ink has been important throughout history since it recorded culture, bought political power, divided people, and even led to murderous rivalries. Ancient letters on a page were revered as divine light, and precious ink recipes were held secret for centuries. But when the disposal ballpoint pen hit the market, we all encompassed the change with excitement.
This had an impact on culture, literature, and the course of history. Ted Bishop sets out to explore the story of ink. He traces the lives of the innovators who creating the ballpoint pen. This is a very intriguing and interesting book that is very different from the ordinary. It showcases an inquisitive and personal tour around the world. The book asks us to look beyond appearances to the deeper meanings of things.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth