One day when I was studying with
Schoenberg, he pointed out
the eraser on his pencil and said,
“This end is more
important than the other.” After
twenty years I learned to write
directly in ink.
Recently, when David Tudor
returned from Europe, he
brought me a German pencil of modern
make. It can carry
any size of lead.
Pressure on a shaft at the end of
the holder frees the lead so
that it can be retracted or extended
or removed and another put in
its place. A
sharpener came with the pencil.
The sharpener offers not
one but several possibilities.
one may choose the kind of
point he wishes.
There is no eraser.