John-Paul Flintoff




On The Pleasures Of Copying Out Great Writing By Hand


George Eliot, writing

Is it madness, in this digital age, to copy out writing by hand? Too much like hard work? I thought so, but I’ve changed my mind.

I wrote a blog post for The Idler about this, and in this episode of an ADEQUATE podcast you can hear me speaking it aloud (with a few ad lib digressions):


Posted: March 8, 2021

Keywords: commonplace book, the idler




John-Paul Flintoff headshot, with Yours Truly written across it John-Paul Flintoff is author of six books, in 16 languages, including How To Change The World and A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech. He worked for 15 years as writer and associate editor on the Financial Times, the Sunday Times and other papers and magazines.


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