Typewriter Apocalypse

Some thoughts on the end of the world–sort of. (Dear Reader: I wrote this during my lunch crash. Expect horrific mistakes.)    

The Case of the Mysterious Olivetti Lettera 22.

Some time ago, I invited my students to use a few of my typewriters for a project. Unfortunately, one student broke my 1954 Olivetti Lettera 22. I had two Lettera 22s, this one and a 1962 Olivetti Underwood. A basic distinction between the two is that the latter was manufactured after Olivetti took control of…

The Greatest Writing Machine in History: The Olympia SG1

Bob Dylan used an Olympia SG1. That has to mean something. It was one of William Burroughs’ machines, albeit not the one that turned into a bug. The typewriter is featured in the second season of the TV series Fargo. One man jams another man’s tie into the paper feed to get him to spill…

Put the Phone Down: Policing Black Bodies

Put the Phone Down: Policing Black Bodies – some thoughts on racial profiling in the day to day. More of the same: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/woman-calls-police-oakland-barbecue_us_5af50125e4b00d7e4c18f741

Typewriter Therapy

Over the last two days, I’ve been working on three typewriters: a 3-bank Underwood portable, a Corona 3, and a flat-top Standard Corona. Working on typewriters becomes a form of therapy. It involves patience and careful tinkering; it also is very relaxing. Teaching involves a lot of mental work. Working with my hands is a…

Sacrificial Machine

Sometimes an act of destruction is an act of creation. I picked up this 1949 Remington Rand from a Goodwill years ago. It’s never worked. Too much time in a hostile environment. Too much rust in its belly. I am using it to revive two Remington Rand Streamliners. I used its platen for my Streamliner….