** Palimpest by Matthew Battles


Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word is a short survey of writing, with many interesting observations: the alphabet has a grain, smooth only in one direction; computer code is a language; versioning is not a high-tech invention at all, but an invention of early scribes; Gutenberg was a goldsmith and adapted jeweler punches to create his press.

I felt the book was a little disjointed, more musings than structured history, but worth reading if you are word-obsessed.

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