Friday, 12 July 2013

Pencil Spotting (in the movies)

Palimpsest is not a fan of romantic comedies but You've Got Mail was on TV and just as I was about to switch channels I heard this:

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."

Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) to Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) in email.

Now there's a thought.


See other pen and pencil spotting adventures here and here.


  1. What a lovely thought!!! A bouquet of fresh pencils to start the school year... I shall have to remember this gesture for future implementation!
    Warm regards,

  2. Ditto here regarding romantic comedies. The older ones seem to click for me: Gable and Colbert, the Preston Sturges movies, etc. Maybe the backdrop of bourgeois stodginess (waning?) makes them work for me.

    I'm unlikely to see the movie, but, yeah, there's an aesthetic to a clutch of freshly sharpened premium pencils. Hadn't thought of it. Jack/USA

  3. I have to admit that reading this line on another blog this spring "made" me watch it. :)

    Wasn't bad as far as rom-coms go. But the pencils never materialized! ;)

  4. Possible literary conceit for someone with the right skill and interest. "Before the Great Conflict, big hedgehogs of pencils bound with ribbons were given to schoolchildren." But, don't ask me how I'd work the idea into a successful short story or novella. Jack/USA

  5. Great photography. Not a big movie fan but still like the idea of a bouquet of writing instruments. Thanks

  6. love that movie and love that line. if there were bouquets of pencils I would buy them.