Sunday, September 24, 2017

Caligraph complete

Remember my Caligraph?

I finally got back to it and completed the restoration process. It doesn't look like new, but it works, and it's clean. Here are some before and after pictures:

But no sooner has it been restored than it has left my collection and joined that of a fellow typospherian. I enjoyed finding it and fixing it — I learn so much by cleaning and repairing a typewriter. But with my limited display space, it makes sense for it to go to someone else now.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hey Cleveland! This Friday! Be there!

Breaking news for typists in the Cleveland, Ohio area:

"California Typewriter" opens this Friday, September 22, at the Cedar Lee Theater at 2163 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.

After the 7:15 show, I'll be there to take questions along with Clevelanders Will and Dave Davis. Will is the creator of an amazing set of typewriter websites that has been very influential in opening people's eyes to modern portables and other machines. He and his brother Dave are the authors of the blog Davis Typewriter Works, and Will recently started the blog On the Margin, about rebuilt typewriters.

I'll have signed copies of my book, The Typewriter Revolution, available at a good price.

I'm also bringing this Smith-Corona Silent-Super from my own collection. The theater is sponsoring a free sweepstakes with this machine as the prize. It will come with a typed, signed copy of The Typewriter Manifesto, and it has a very unusual Yes/No type slug. Enter the sweepstakes here by September 28. You will need to pick up the typewriter in Cleveland, of course.

And I'll be in Chicago the following weekend — more details on that event as they become available.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Berkeley, CA type-in on September 26

There's a type-in coming up at the real California Typewriter, in conjunction with the theatrical release of the film! Be there if you can, and please spread the word.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Ruminations on digital sabbath & smart speakers

PS: Apparently the generic term for things like the Amazon Echo is "smart speakers." Of course, even that is a lie: the speaker itself isn't "smart," but connects you to a remote server that runs an artificial intelligence program. Nicholas Carr's piece can be found here.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

“California Typewriter" opens across the US

I've just been authorized to post the following list of theater locations for the film "California Typewriter." In case you don't know, this brilliant documentary centers on a Berkeley typewriter shop and involves artists, collectors, poets, writers, and others who love typewriters today. My Typewriter Manifesto is featured in the film (see above) and I play a modest role. Some type-ins or other events may take place in association with some of these showings. Support 21st-century typewriting and see this film in a theater if you can!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Guest post: Erasure

Today's typecast and photos are by Hans Boersma.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Revolution in the mailbox: Insurgency in the Bluegrass

This Vogue-typed communiqué was waiting for me when I returned from a long road trip. It appears here a little belatedly. That's all right—slow communication is one of the insurgency's secret weapons ...

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Typosphere, unite: Repairman needs support!

Rotten luck! According to WVTM:

Police are investigating after a pickup truck crashed into a typewriter repair shop on 6th Avenue South in Birmingham. The 82-year-old owner of Alabama Typewriter Company, Billy Hagood, became trapped inside his business after a Dodge Ram barreled through the entrance. It took crews nearly nearly two hours to remove all of the debris so Hagood could safely walk out. Hagood, who wasn't injured, told WVTM 13's Marlei Martinez that today's incident may mark the "end of an era." A woman at the scene said the driver of the truck rear-ended her car and was attempting to flee before hitting Hagood's shop. The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

In an interview six years ago, Billy Hagood said, "we have third-generation people coming here. They'll say, 'My daddy -- or my granddaddy -- said go down there and see Billy at Alabama Typewriter.' I have a lot of people who come in and say 'My parents got me this typewriter when I started college or when I started high school.'"

Is this the end of this business? Maybe so. But I'm sure Mr. Hagood would appreciate some notes of support from typewriter lovers around the world. I'm going to type him one. Will you join me?

Billy Hagood
Alabama Typewriter Company
2203 6th Ave S.
Birmingham, AL 35233

Friday, August 25, 2017

#itypebecause by ASL

Thanks to ASL for another articulation of why we do what we do ...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Another reason to type

Alex Volkov contributes his own #itypebecause:

I always welcome more contributions on this topic! Or post them yourself somewhere (perhaps with the #itypebecause hashtag).

In other news, "California Typewriter" is racking up positive reviews and will be opening tomorrow in New York.

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!