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Why a typewriter now?
you find a good one?
How do you take care of it ?
The Typewriter Revolution
has the answers.
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First-place winner in its category at the
York Book Show
Featured in new film "California Typewriter"
lively, lavishly illustrated history of this
newly revered machine backed by a comprehensive
user’s guide ... A clever, illuminating, and
irresistible book of typewriter appreciation
and a call for 'digital detox' and 'slow
"... delightfully illustrated ... packed
with fascinating history and photos ... When the
sun finally sends out an electromagnetic surge
that fries every e-mail message on Earth, we'll
wish we'd written our love letters on a
explains how to find and fix a machine, includes
testimonies from writers on the freeing power of
tapping out a story on a typewriter, and
describes the innovative ways that people are
using the typewriter today. ... quite enjoyable
for anyone who likes the clack of keys and
the ring of the carriage return."
"Polt's account will
attract those curious about the changes in
technology and social patterns, since this book
is really a culture critique masquerading as a
is lovely and large-format with pictures
interspersed among the text, which is itself
delightfully hybrid: part history, part
philosophy, and part user's manual, complete
with labeled images of typewriters and how to
use and repair them."
only explains how to choose the best typewriter
and care for it, but he delves into the history
of the machines, the famous people who used them
in the past and the people who use them now,
from novel writers to people who have typewriter
blogs and host Type-In social events."
—The Saturday Evening
produces an engaging and personalized
dissertation on the fascination with typewriters
... He does a marvelous job of interpreting the
almost sensual interaction with the machine,
examining every possible facet that might
enlighten his readers."
thoroughly researched and truly engaging book is
the Bible of the modern typewriter enthusiast. I
won’t say it occupies a place on everyone’s
shelf, because we haven’t shelved it yet. It’s
on our desks and kitchen tables, usually open,
or being carried around in backpacks and purses.
We refer to it on the street when we’re gazing
at the lovely old typewriter in the antique shop
window; we review it on our workbench when we’re
adjusting our typing machines."
—Frederic S. Durbin,
Typewriter [resists] efforts to either eliminate
it, or subjugate its users to the
instrumentalizing imperatives of the Information
Regime. And it is indeed those people which
constitute the vast bulk of The Typewriter
Revolution’s content, the insurgents themselves.
... their stories were a profound encouragement
—Thomas Lynn, Hong Kong
Review of Books
What do thousands of writers, makers, kids,
poets, artists, steampunks, and hipsters have
in common? They love typewriters—the magical,
mechanical contraptions that are enjoying a
surprising second life in the 21st century. The
Typewriter Revolution documents the movement
and provides practical advice on how to choose a
typewriter, use it, and care for it—from National
Novel Writing Month to letter-writing socials, from
type-ins to customized typewriters. The book
includes leaders of the 21st-century typewriter
revival such as artists L.A.
Marler, Keira Rathbone, and Tim Youd;
street typists such as Typewriter
Rodeo, Poems While You Wait, and
Jacqueline Suskin; and the
bloggers of the Typosphere.