The Pen is Mightier than the WordI am really delighted to announce the availability of the Franz Kafka “Writers Edition” fountain pen from Montblanc. The pen’s design, according to the Montblanc website, pays tribute to the short story “The Metamorphis” in which the protagonist is transformed into a large, horrible beetle. The pen also, I am informed, is a fitting memorial to my dear cousin himself, who died horribly in a tubercular ward outside of Vienna.
For those of you who prefer tribute pens celebrating more decadently languid writing and death, Montblanc offers a Proust pen. And for short, pithy notes – perhaps ones breezily jotted down before placing a shotgun in your mouth – there’s a Hemingway model.
I don’t know which pains me more; the sick and wrong commodification of Kafka or the fact that I’m not getting any royalties. But just for shits and giggles, I wonder what twisted tribute pen suggestions we can forward to Montblanc. Do I see a Bukowski Ballpoint in my Christmas stocking?