RE: RARA-AVIS: IN THE shortclothes OF DANTE: Robison

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 11 Nov 2003

-----Original Message----- From: Michael Robison [mailto:] The most amusing thing [Nick Tosches] mentioned is that the quality of paper went up when people shifted from wearing woolen underwear to linen underwear. The reason is that one of main ingredients of paper is discarded underwear, and linen makes higher quality paper than wool. Think it's true?

Dunno if wool ever made good parchment (sheepskin?), but cotton certainly is a component of finer milled product of yore. TM

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