Zum Grö­ßen­ver­gleich: Der Rot-Blau-Stift Mitsu­bi­shi 772.

Das gut 280-seitige Buch „Adven­tures in Sta­tio­nery. A Jour­ney Through Your Pen­cil Case“ von James Ward ist am 11. Sep­tem­ber erschie­nen und war sofort in mei­nem vir­tu­el­len Waren­korb. (Die für Mai 2015 ange­kün­digte US-amerikanische Aus­gabe trägt übri­gens den Titel „The Per­fec­tion of the Paper­clip: Curious Tales of Inven­tion, Acci­den­tal Genius, and Sta­tio­nery Obses­sion“ – kurios, aber die bei­den letz­ten Worte spre­chen mich durch­aus an.) Auf die Lek­türe bin ich sehr gespannt, doch vor­her lese ich noch „On the Dot. The Speck That Chan­ged the World“ von Alex­an­der und Nicho­las Humez zuende.

Nach­trag vom 28.9.14:
The Black­wing Pages: The Black­wing 602 in Adven­tures in Stationery
Blei­stift: Don’t mess with a pen­cil enthusiast.
The Inde­pen­dent: Adven­tures In Sta­tio­nery: Aut­hor James Ward loves Post-it notes, pa­per clips and stap­lers so much he has writ­ten a whole book about them
The Guar­dian: From sta­tio­nery fiends to hand dryer enthu­si­asts… who are you cal­ling boring?
Web­log des Autors James Ward: I Like Bor­ing Things
Web­log zum Buch: Adven­tures In Stationery

11 Kommentare zu „Fachliteratur“

  1. My curio­sity has won so I pau­sed „On the Dot“ and star­ted rea­ding „Adven­tures in Sta­tio­nery“ today :-) In my lunch break I read up to page 30 and was impres­sed e. g. by the author’s rese­arch on the history of the paper clip and (even more inte­res­t­ing, at least to me) on the ori­g­ins of the dra­wing pin – the lat­ter can be tra­ced back to the first half of the 19th cen­tury, and I wish I had known these details for my post about thumbtacks. – Alt­hough there are only small and mainly deco­ra­tive images the items descri­bed in this book come to life and make me want to look for and use them imme­dia­tely :-) I am loo­king for­ward to con­ti­nuing rea­ding this evening. – I will post more here soon (with „soon“ depen­ding on the time I can spend on this book and on my rea­ding speed).

  2. The second chap­ter is about foun­tain and ball­point pens and con­ta­ins many exci­ting details too. I alre­ady knew a few, but most of them were new to me. And again: The vivid descrip­tion of the items, their history and the peo­ple invol­ved made me want to pick up a BIC Cris­tal and write a few words – and this is coming from someone who usually steers clear of ball­point pens!

  3. Oh I give in!! I orde­red this tog­e­ther with „The Miss­ing Ink: How Hand­wri­ting Made Us Who We Are“, which has been in my shop­ping cart for quite some time. I can’t wait!

  4. I have impro­ved today’s lunch break with chap­ter 3 which is about paper and I have enjoyed it too. The next chap­ter car­ries the hea­ding „They can’t move until I pick up a pen­cil“ – you’ll guess what I’ll read this evening :-) Of course your milage may vary but I would be supri­sed if you didn’t like this book. – I have read „The Miss­ing Ink: How Hand­wri­ting Made Us Who We Are“ too but found it only so-so.

    By the way, your com­ment was the 5000th in this blog :-)

  5. You’re wel­come :-) I have now read about half of the book and so far I can unre­ser­vedly recom­mend it – it is fasci­na­ting, enter­tai­ning, quirky, very well rese­ar­ched and full of exci­ting details.

  6. On page 105 Sean from The Black­wing Pages is men­tio­ned but his posts are cha­rac­te­ri­zed as an attack on Cal Cedar; this is not true. His blog is about the pencil’s history, and after his work has been pla­gia­ri­zed by Cal Cedar he made a stand against this unac­cep­ta­ble beha­viour. The rea­der may also get the impres­sion that Sean is a hard­core fan­boy of the Black­wing 602 who thinks that not­hing will ever be as good or as satis­fy­ing as the ori­gi­nal 602; this isn’t true eit­her. So, at least this detail is not cor­rectly rese­ar­ched. – Yes, I’m picky ;-)

  7. Anyone who has read The Black­wing Pages in ear­nest will know that the alle­ga­ti­ons are not true. I per­so­nally have lear­ned a lot from Sean’s posts and was thin­king of adding to his list of Black­wing sub­sti­tu­tes – in my opi­nion a cru­cial dose of sanity for all of us :)

  8. Yes, of course – an atten­tive rea­der will get the facts. Howe­ver, I don’t mean to blame the aut­hor for not rea­ding The Black­wing Pages com­ple­tely; that’s asking too much. I have men­tio­ned this detail in the book because I have fol­lo­wed the pro­blems back then and didn’t want to leave it with­out com­ment, not because I wan­ted to grum­ble. I still find the book excellent!

    The Black­wing Pages are a plea­sure for the mind and the eye, and I too have lear­ned a lot from Sean’s posts.

    Sup­p­ly­ing a cru­cial dose of sanity is very laudable :-)

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