Tools

pencils: japantown, san francisco

I have too many pencils.  So many, that they’re not tools anymore.  They’re little writing fetishes.  I googled “fetish” by the way, just be sure I’m using that word right.  Indeed:  “A fetish (from the French fétiche; which comes from the Portuguese feitiço; and this in turn from Latin facticius, “artificial” and facere, “to make”) is an object believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a man-made object that has power over others. Essentially, fetishism is the attribution of inherent value or powers to an object.”

I’ve never understood why wikipedia links to words like “French.”  Do we really need a definition of “French”?   Not any more than I need a dozen beautiful black Japanese pencils sitting around in a glass vase, looking like good writing, and not being used to produce it.