Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Typecasts from the storm

This post is open to all typospherians' reports from the megastorm. It will be updated as new typecasts, images, or links to your reports come in. You can e-mail them to Richard Polt at polt@xavier.edu or Michael Clemens at mpclemens@gmail.com, and we'll add them here.

Some typospherians will be typing during power outages and may not be able to digitize their typescripts for some time, so this post may grow over the next week or two.

From shordzi (Sommeregger's Sammelsurium):

From Tlogger: Tlogging the Hype, Day 1 and Day 2

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Typewriter in Full: Tom Wolfe Needs the Typosphere

Where are all the typewriters? In some sort of bonfire? 

Tom Wolfe wrote his new novel, Back to Blood, entirely by hand. But the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities also says that wasn't entirely by choice — he'd rather have used a typewriter.
"Unfortunately, you can't keep typewriters going today — you have to take the ribbons back to be re-inked," Wolfe tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "There's a horrible search to try to find missing parts."

Can't keep them going? Re-inked ribbons? Where have you been, Tom? Typewriters are very much alive.

Richard Polt's website lists many repair shops in the New York area. One of the most famous is Gramercy:

Gramercy Typewriter Company, 174 5th Avenue, Suite 400, New York, NY 10010. 212-674-7700. "Since 1932, serving the New York City area for typewriter sales and repairs of all makes and models. Specialist in IBM Selectric and Wheelwriter models. Overhauls on your old manual typewriters. Expert service on your Hewlett Packard laser jet printers too! For all your typewriter and laser jet printer needs, just call. Ask for Paul. He has been in the business for over 45 years. He must be doing something right! Call 212-674-7700, and on weekends call (917) 833-3277." Here is an article about owner Paul Schweitzer, here's another about him and his son Justin, here's an NPR story, and here is another story with video.

So, Tom, grab your walking stick and go visit Paul. I know he'll set you right up.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

National Day of Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The second floor of Hodges library was abuzz Monday, Oct. 22, with the sounds of clicking typewriters and English professors prompting students to “write on the floor.” The excitement spurred off of the English department and Hodges Library staff celebrating the fourth annual National Day on Writing.
Has the Classroom Typewriter Project spawned an imitator? Well, at least for a day...
Volunteers from both the library staff and the English department spent the morning, and early afternoon, encouraging passerbys to “write on the floor,” check out a variety of student publications, write postcards and to try out two vintage typewriters.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

USA Today asks...

Why use a computer when you can use a typewriter?

I think we can offer a few reasons. :-) Links to the typewriter movie, this site, and a few blogs besides.

Greetings to all who wound your way over here from that article: if you've got a few hours to spare, why not read some of the musings under the Mighty Blogroll over there on the right of the screen?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Typewriter film to be shown in Lowell, MA on October 9

News from director Christopher Lockett: There is a screening of "The Typewriter (In the 21st Century)" at the Jack Kerouac Literary Festival in Lowell, MA on Tuesday, October 9 @7p, free, at Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center. Details about the screening and the festival itself are here:

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