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  • The Japanese believe that when an object reaches 100 it becomes animated, alive and self-aware. A Tsukumogami. Today a friend gave me her old typewriter, an Imperial 66. I sat there looking at it, dust coating the keys and wondered what this typewriter would be like when it came alive in another 50 years. Had it absorb the stories my friend had lived, drawing them from her fingers as he hands danced across the keyboard? Or has it become an amalgam of all the characters she has written, striking their identity against the ribbon? Maybe it will become the embodiment of a Belgium street, or an East Coast harbour. If I tap a world out, like woodpeckers against pine, will my ideas seep into its green paint, lying dormant until the 2160s? Will the Typewriter's Tsukumogami be creative or outgoing? Elegant or effusive? A teller of tales or an explorer through life? Only 50 years to wait to find out.
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