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Issue 007

Project 007: Fountain Pens

The last time we tried to write a letter by hand we had to re-read it to make sure it actually made sense, and only looked like the work of a first-grader. Sometime in the last few keyboard-dominated years our handwriting skills took a nosedive. For Project 007 Ralph Abercrombie sent us this photo essay..

The last time we tried to write a letter by hand we had to re-read it to make sure it actually made sense, and only looked like the work of a first-grader. Sometime in the last few keyboard-dominated years our handwriting skills took a nosedive. For Project 007 Ralph Abercrombie sent us this photo essay on the lost art of penmanship and the equipment it's best practiced with: the fountain pen.

He writes:"The fountain pen is to paper as brush is to canvas-its use is an art form; the result can be artwork. The ballpoint is a mechanical device born of soulless expediency, wherein grace finds itself sacrificed to convenience and productivity. The force required to propel it across paper precludes finesse and inhibits style. It conveys thought to paper in a precise and mechanical manner, leaving little room for individuality. A fountain pen imbues the written word with the unique character and flair of its writer."

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Project 007: Kennedy Prints

belonax sent us these pictures for Project 007. He writes: "Attached are some photos of the workshop at Kennedy Prints, a small but amazing letterpress shop in York, AL. Amos Kennedy is the man behind the great artwork. He was kind enough to let myself and 7 of my friends visit while we were in the..

belonax sent us these pictures for Project 007. He writes:"Attached are some photos of the workshop at Kennedy Prints, a small but amazing letterpress shop in York, AL. Amos Kennedy is the man behind the great artwork. He was kind enough to let myself and 7 of my friends visit while we were in the area. Visit his site for more info.""Attached are some photos of the worksh small but amazing letterpress shop in York, AL. Amos Kennedy is the man behind the great artwork. He was kind enough to let myself and 7 of my friends visit while we were in tre info."

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Project 007: Italian Cheesemaking

For project 007 Pancakepopple sends in this account of traditional cheesemaking in Italy. "I'm a student at Emerson and I...

For project 007 Pancakepopple sends in this account of traditional cheesemaking in Italy.

"I'm a student at Emerson and I attended an abroad program my sophomore year in 2006. Before Easter my friend and I traveled to a farm stay in Italy in a small town called Pescosolido. Here we got to experience many things including visiting the local Shepard who made cheese, we woke up around 5:00 in the morning to see his daily routine of how he made goat cheese. The first photo is the tool he uses to get excess water out of the cheese. The second picture is of his wife and where the cheese is set out in the barn, the third picture is of the rennet sacks used to curdle the cheese. In the next two pictures is the Shepard over the fire used to cook up the cheese and then he is mixing it. The final picture is of the hot cheese I ate at the end, yes I said hot cheese. I hope you enjoy it!"

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Mark Peters on the Colbert Suffix

Mark Peters on the Colbert suffix.

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Urban Entertainment Needs to Change Its Tactics

Ben Nugent on the black entertainment formula.

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