● Gizmodo reports that Star Wars fever has reached the pen world with a lightsaber fountain pen from S.T. Dupont that floats on a magnetic platform and retails for more than £16,000. Dupont also offers an X-Wing fountain pen, while Cross has its own line of Star Wars-themed writing instruments.
● The accumulation of discarded pens concerns some students in India, so they’ve collected nearly 10,000 of them to display and hopefully convince fellow students to cut back, according to The Hindu. (They’re trying to promote the use of pens made from paper, instead.)
● The Trail-Gazette profiles the owner of an unusual – and brilliant – business in a small mountain town in Colorado. It’s a combination coffee shop/stationer that sells Moleskine notebooks and Retro 51 pens, among others, along with its cups of coffee. Continue reading
● Lamy’s introduced a new high-end pen range – imporium – and the Naples Daily News highlights a Florida stationer that is one of only 12 in the US to carry the pens.
● BlogHer joins the adult coloring craze with a few useful tips on getting into the habit, including one common-sense bit of advice that works: Keep your coloring book where you can see it and be reminded to use it.
● ITV reports on a London artist who is collecting articles of clothing and stories about the owners for an installation project that mixes handwriting and hand-stitching. When finished, the Stitch Lives of London will feature 215 garments with the owners’ handwritten stories stitched into them. Continue reading
A Bic spokeswoman takes to Chicago radio station WBEZ to explain the company is on a “mission to save handwriting” and why that matters.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station write in their journals (not by hand, though) at least three times a week, and those journals are later analyzed by behaviorists, according to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Artist James Charles has a show running in New York, and Beautiful Decay profiles some of his work drawing pop culture figures on US currency.
Malaysia’s The Artsy Craftsy offers up an overview of junk journaling, a mixed media way of keeping track of the memorable moments in your life.
Using pen and paper externalizes internal thoughts, leading to a focus on higher-order thinking skills, according to educational psychology professor Grace Koo, writing in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Urban Sketchers Chicago lays out 10 reasons to do more drawing, including improved hand-eye coordination, and lists some groups that will help keep you motivated.
A member at the Wet Canvas forum has written a detailed guide to the types of pens artists use, along with some recommendations for the best pens for the job.
Business 2 Community makes the case that doodling is an effective tool to improve communication, increase productivity and spur creativity in the workplace.
A Flavorwire article from a couple years ago making its way around social media again shows the hand-drawn/hand-written plot outlines of several famous authors, including J.K. Rowling and Joseph Heller.
The Providence Journal profiles a doodler who developed his craft into a regular business selling pen-and-ink sketches on the US festival circuit.
All4Women explains why journaling is good for your mental health in a succinct 12-point list that covers everything from stress management to panic attacks.
The Sprachen blog explains in depth how to start and organize a language notebook for tracking your progress as you learn multiple languages.
Seinfeld’s “All I said was I liked the pen” holds the No. 1 spot on the Pentel blog’s top 10 pop culture references to pens. (On a related note, a few years ago, we rounded up some of the best movie/TV fight scenes that involved a pen.)
This interview with Swedish poet Emina Gaspar-Vrana on the Memopipwrites blog contains one of the best lines ever about pens and writing: “Who needs a shrink when you have a pen?”
Kinja asked readers to vote for their five favorite pens and the Pilot G-2 made the top of the list. Maybe their readers just don’t know pens.
Teacher Josh Giesbrecht makes the case in the Atlantic that it isn’t technology causing the decline in handwriting; it’s the humble ballpoint pen.
The Wall Street Journal recounts the story of how a man tracked down one of the Parker pens Admiral Chester Nimitz used when he signed Japan’s surrender to the US at the end of WWII. (subscription required)
Sharpie and Paper Mate pen companies spend more on advertising in the US than any other brand, according to an interesting article in Broadcasting & Cable.
Looks like Donald Trump writes all his poison pen letters in Sharpie, says this article on Mediaite.
Religion News Service explores the idea that adult coloring is not only good for your mental health, but may also boost your spiritual well-being.
A college student heaps adulation on a showing of drawings by Kurt Vonnegut (yes, drawing, not writing), in a column for the Cornell Daily Sun.
MPs paid an artist £17,000 to create an amazingly detailed drawing that depicted the Britain’s 2015 election, and the Mirror offers a close-up examination of all its bits.
Doodling in the workplace can aid productivity and help communicate big ideas to your co-workers, according to Business 2 Community.