• John Carroll's A Place to Stand project, tweaked for National Typewriter Day

    I heard back from John Carroll, our Kelly Writers Junior Fellow of A Place to Stand. His literary project is over, but John says he still mails out an occasional typewritten literary piece, postage willing. As a matter of fact, he's mailing one off to me and I can't wait.

    Sadly, John had to use a Smith Corona Wordsmith (an electric!) to type his daily mailings during the project. I think he was worried about using an old machine and the inherent problems that sometimes surround the old beasts when typewriter repairmen are few and far between. Never mind. The project is done and a success - I think, John, it's time you jumped into the fray with the rest of us and find an old typer to rediscover yourself with. You'll be hooked.

    After rolling John's project around for a bit, the antique typewriter/writing angle was tweaked a bit and now it looks like there's something definite in the works to celebrate National Typewriter Day. Visit the clickthing blog for exacting rules and regulations and for God's sake sign up. This is no time to be a fraidy cat. The brave will inherit the earth and they'll each have a portable typewriter under one arm. Mark my words.

    For those of you out there following along, I received a call on Saturday from Acme - my Underwood Noiseless behemoth is ready! Ed tells me this, of course, on a Saturday when he's closed and on a holiday weekend with an extra closed Monday, to boot. I swear to you I'm five years old and waiting for Christmas morning - agony. I'll pick up Zelda on Tuesday and slam out a typecast first thing. There will be "after" pictures as well, just like a Jenny Craig commercial.

    5 comments → John Carroll's A Place to Stand project, tweaked for National Typewriter Day

    1. Monda, eagerly awaiting Zelda's debut into type-society. Will you be throwing a ball for the old girl? I'm curious to see what miracles the famed Acme has performed.

    2. Once again, my favorite typewriter repairman acted like it was no big deal. "Sure, she works great," he said, then rattled off a host of repairs he made. So casual.

      Tomorrw, she's Coming Out.

    3. Those are not typing nails.

      Hand model: yes.
      Typist: no.

    4. I'll have you know I type with nails like that every day. It's actually one of the perks of using a manual typewriter, because flat lap-top keyboards aren't long-nail friendly.

      So there.

    5. You're flirting with a painful and unsightly nail or hyponychium injury. That's all I'm saying.

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