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PAEAN TO THE DIP PEN

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Time trembles when I write with a dip pen and ink. The speed is slow due to the repetitive pause dipping for ink. My thoughts unfold and flow easier with a process that needs constant maintenance. Probably, my enjoyment of this form of writing is more to do with the speed of my thinking. I am a ponderous and untidy thinker: I’ve been told that the length of pauses between my thinking and speaking are unnaturally long. Perhaps when I’m not writing with ink and nib I’m metaphorically dipping for words and substance. At Beggars’ Velvet we mostly write all...

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