First-place winner in its category at the
York Book Show
THE TYPEWRITER MANIFESTO
as seen in "California Typewriter"
"... a 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 Smith-Corona."
"... 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
—Library Journal (starred
"Polt's book 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."
"Polt not 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
—The Saturday Evening Post
"Polt 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."
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
—Frederic S. Durbin,
"The 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 to read."
—Thomas Lynn, Hong Kong
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Typewriter Revolution has
Featured in new film "California Typewriter"
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.