David Bouchier: The Revenge Of Paper

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A few days before school.started here on Long Island I went to a big office supply store in search of something old-fashioned, like filing folders or yellow pads. Dozens of eager young scholars and their teachers were there before me, stocking up for that long-awaited back-to-school moment. The mass of shoppers didn’t worry me, because I assumed they would be crowding the aisles of computers and electronic gadgets. But no, they were interested only in paper, and all the charming products that accompany paper – pens and pencils, crayons, glue sticks, and folders in many colors. One studious young man, about 8-years-old, reminded me of myself. Back in the primitive times when paper ruled the world, the stationery store was one of my favorite browsing places. The infinite varieties of pens and inks, notebooks in different sizes, with different bindings and pages ruled wide or narrow, had a tactile quality and an edifying smell that appealed to me, the way paints, brushes and canvases must

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