On Kindle

Writing with Scissors is now available for Kindle. It seems odd for a book that’s much concerned with physicality — with the ways scrapbook makers cut and pasted using their literal scissors, not those little icons at the top of your screen. The scrapbook pages speak through their tactility — some are dense and heavy with pasted clippings; some are generous with white space. But of course these cutters and pasters were converting their stacks of newspapers into portable reading devices. So reading about them on Kindle, Nook, and the like is a reasonable development.

Luce clipping bureau 1960sI loved learning and writing about some of the steps and developments between scrapbooks and digitization: Newspaper storage businesses, and clipping services. Here’s a picture of the Luce Clipping Bureau in the 1960s.

Speaking in Lawrence, KS Monday Oct 14

Looking forward to learning more about Margaret Lynn, who wrote about making scrapbooks with her siblings in the 1880s in her fascinating memoir A Stepdaughter of the Prairie. She taught at the University of Kansas in the early 20th century.

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