Saturday, April 09, 2005
EDO--The way the press worked was that when the jaws opened the operator would take out the printed page with his left hand and insert the new paper with his right. Meanwhile the rollers inked up the type. It never stopped. Then the jaws closed and the rollers inked themselves on the big plate at the top. The flywheel spun; the press whirred; paper flew. I was so scared.
I only printed one job on this kind of press: a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait." I was sure it was the last time I would ever use my right hand.