White Out

paper-fix.jpgTitles can often be deceptive, perhaps this one suggests some kind of racial subject when in fact it refers to the liquid paper one used when manual or electric typewriters and word processors were the most modern apparatus used for typing.

Those messy ribbons, all those errors, pulling out the paper and applying the white liquid, blowing on it to dry faster then realizing that it didn’t do what it was supposed to, which was to make those mistakes disappear, because I forgot to shake the bottle before its “ritualistic” application, usually before I spilled it on the keyboard while trying to re-align the paper in the machine. So much for ancient history.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in ‘the white out’, but in ourselves.”