Sunday, August 13, 2017

“I type because...” winner

There were several delightful entries in the contest to win tickets to “California Typewriter.” There are at least as many good reasons to type as there are typists! Including ...

Napoleon Solo:

Larry Pressnell:

Kevin Kittle:

Abby Hogan:

Ping Amranand:

Jael Perales:

David Brechbiel:

And our winner is:

Lavette Johnson! (@Diamondgirlarcher)

Congratulations, Lavette!

Of course, everyone is invited to attend the premieres if you can (at the Metrograph in New York City, 7 Ludlow St., August 18, and the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles, 6464 Sunset Blvd., August 25).

I also invite you to post more reasons for turning to a typewriter — your own #itypebecause!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Free tickets to “California Typewriter": #itypebecause

California Typewriter is opening on August 18 at the Metrograph in New York City (7 Ludlow St.), and on August 25 at the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles (6464 Sunset Blvd.).

I can't attend myself, but the promoters of the film tell me that they can offer a pair of tickets to one of my followers, either for the NY opening or for the LA opening. So I have come up with a contest:
Why do you type? (On a typewriter, that is?) Your one-sentence, typewritten answer to this question, starting with "I type because," could win you a pair of tickets to the film. Photograph or scan your sentence and e-mail it to me at, or post it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #itypebecause. (I will also Google the hashtag—which is currently unknown—so I can probably find other postings elsewhere.) Do this by the end of the day on Saturday, August 12. Then watch your e-mail or comments to find out whether you're the winner! I'm sure there will be more than one good answer, and I will post them all on this blog.

Monday, July 31, 2017

House call

Chase Public is a Cincinnati cultural center that, among other things, organizes street typing events (they call it Short Order Poetry and Short Order Stories). I've had the pleasure of participating in street typing with Chase Public a couple of times. You can see Short Order Poetry in action in this post, and Short Order Stories in this one.

Today I stopped by to service the Chase Public typewriters, which needed a little cleaning, a couple of ribbons, and a few adjustments.

For this "house call" I prepared a bag with everything I thought I might need, including screwdrivers, screw starter, 3 rags, Soft Scrub, mineral spirits, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pledge, PB Blaster, toothbrush, dental pick, Q-tips, compressed air, and pliers. I believe I used all of those things, and needed nothing else. I also donated a copy of my book.

It's good to support this organization. Executive Director Scott Holzman told me that Short Order Poems has been very popular, and the Chase Public poets have been invited to events around the country. What great ambassadors they are for both poetry and typewriting!

Scott also mentioned that the recent New York City Poetry Festival included The Typewriter Project:

The Typewriter Project, The Poetry Society of New York’s latest concept, is a series of site specific literary installations which encourage users to go analog. These typewriter installations—wooden booths with a seat, desk, and typewriter inside—allow professional writers and first time typists alike to join in a citywide linguistic exchange. Each booth is outfitted with a 100-foot scroll of paper and a USB typewriter kit, which allows every written entry to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. The Typewriter Project intends to investigate the subconscious of the city by creating unique spaces designed for contemplation.

Our insurgency marches on!