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A Brief History Of Handwriting
Madison Pauly 3200 B.C.: With stylus and clay tablets, ancient Mesopotamians create abstract symbols to represent syllables of their spoken language. 600s: Quill pens and parchment paper take hold in Europe. Drippy ink discourages pen lifting, henc
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The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
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No modern Republican commander-in-chief has featured a poet at their swearing-in ceremony, and it appears neither will Trump.
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The Genius Behind the Whitney Museum's New Logo
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