Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dressing The Slate

Einstein's work courtesy Flickr

Knowledgeable writers used to lay a full stick of dustless classroom chalk on its side and cover the entire surface of a new blackboard. The object was to fill every pore of the writing surface so as not to leave ghost messages after the board was erased and/or washed. It’s oddly gratifying to repeat such an old practice when a new writing surface comes into the house. It’s especially gratifying to find an opportunity to write on real slate, because the surface is musically percussive. World-class scroungers seek out broken pool tables.


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