Above: Cuneiform signs from René Labat’s wonderfully handwritten Manuel D’Épigrahie Akkadienne.
Great quotes from the Older-Is-Always-Better movement.
- “This agreed upon language is so prescribed. Grunts and yelps are just so much more immediate.”
- “Writing systems are for the birds. How are we supposed to shoehorn our ideas into these little pictures? (And what’s a shoehorn?)”
- “I never use the alphabet. I find the syllabary and logograms to be much more vivid form of expression.”
- “Codices are so lame. You lose the continuity of the text. I am a scroll-man myself.”
- “All these printed books–when I was a kid, we memorized the important stuff. I hear human memory is on the decline.
And, yes, I realize that a list of great quotes from the Newer-Is-Always-Better movement could be compiled, e.g. “Drink this quicksilver. Word is it can cure anything.” or “I am thinking of two words: centralized economy. What could go wrong?”