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From the editor (July 2004)

A tribute to staplers

A blue stapler sits on my desk, patiently waiting to perform its stapling duty should the need arise. It asks no questions. It voices no complaints. It simply sits, awaiting my hand to squeeze its plastic limbs together, waiting to plunge its metal prongs deep into the virgin paper.

I stare in awe at my stapler. A simple device, yet powerful beyond words. Without the stapler, my papers remain separate, vulnerable to any stray breeze wishing to carry them away. Oh, but the stapler unites them, bringing two individual sheets into a harmonious union, each retaining their identities but working together for the good of my filing system.

Stapler, why do you exist?

"I exist for you, Michael."

Stapler, why do you staple?

"I staple for you, Michael."

Plastic and steel combined in a glorious creation. A tool or a work of art? The stapler is both, a magnificent construct so simple yet so complex, the ultimate in functional art.

The stapler exists for me, but I cannot help but feel insignificant in the shadow of the stapler.

-- MJH 2004

Michael Haislip is the editor of AntiMuse. For 6 years, he published the cult favorite American Assassin magazine, churning out almost 1000 pages of commentary and humor in that span. In his spare time, Michael is a freelance writer and musician. He also wishes it known that he has the longest biography out of all the staff writers.


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