The Love StoryMatthew Olzmann
The inventor of eyebrows invented other things, time, for example, and people to wander across it— nomads on the tundra pursuing a rumor of oxen. Then cities for the tribes to gather, and goats for feasts and for skins to stretch over frames until dried—and this was the invention of parchment which, coupled with the invention of ink, led us to libraries. (The Library of Alexandria was built three centuries before Christ and, later destroyed by a single spark.) You’re reading about this library, and the thought of all the books you’ll never know feels like a phantom limb. I know this, because each of these inventions is a footnote to now, the invention of eyebrows being the moment that interests me most. How, on your face, they press together when worried, how they call a thin crease to the surface of your forehead, and how easily I can read that line.
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