the archivist searches amongst "old papers" and official authorities fight against a "flood of paper" when they can hardly manage all of the laws, decrees and regulations.
Paper packs and encloses children's school snacks as well as birthday presents and the bunch of flowers for grandmother; it reveals hidden stories once it has passed through the rotary presses of the yellow press. As cigarette paper it stimulates (…) but disillusions when received in the form of a fixed penalty or court summons.
As a reference, it elevates or humbles the recipient; as a letter from friends or notification of the long awaited salary increase, paper brings us joy, as a letter of complaint or notice of rent increase on the other hand, it means trouble. It would be possible to fill many pages describing the variety of ways, in which we deal with paper and how many of life's messages are communicated by it.
Günter Bayerl, Karl Pichol. Papier: Produkt aus Lumpen, Holz und Wasser (Hamburg, 1986), S. 7.