Writing for The New Yorker’s literary blog “Page-Turner” this past Thursday, Judith Thurman makes a case for maintaining the teaching of cursive. A biographer and literary critic, Thurman asserts that, while a “knowledge of cursive may not be ‘relevant’ to the modern world,…it is essential to a visceral sense of the past, and an ability to examine the literature, correspondence, and history contained in original documents.” She goes on to discuss the colorful Timothy Matlack, the man who many historians say “engrossed” — that is, prepared the printed text of — the Declaration of Independence.
Whether you’re reading it as a history buff or a typographical warrior, Thurman’s essay is fun and worth your time. You’ll find it at this URL: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/07/in-defense-of-cursive.html.
Edward S. Garza