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William Maxwell would have loved emojis then, especially the typed ones like ʘ⁠‿⁠ʘ

I, too, would like one for the wringing of hands.

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Love what you do here Shaun. Thank you!

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Nothing like the sound of the keys clicking and the bell at the end of a line. But manual typewriters took a lot of strength and changing the ribbon was no fun. When I got my first Selectric, I felt like I’d gone to heaven. And yet, I still miss the old ones from when I was a kid.

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I think Kafka's letter summarizes what the typewriter has become to most of us. I was donated one by a friend who was moving out of an old house and thought it'd be useful to me as a writer. Ever since, it's been a decoration in offices and homes I've inhabited. But maybe, like the record player, it will make (or is making) a comeback. I do realize, comparatively, in terms of speed of production, the laptop is a wonderful invention.

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What a great post, Shaun! If you're interested in typewriters, do check out the film 'California Typewriter'. A poignant documentary and one of the central characters, collector Martin Howard from Toronto, takes a journey to Sholes's grave.

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I would love to be a typewriter in the early 20th century. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc. etc. I know Tom Hanks is an advocate for this writing instrument. I think we still have an electric typewriter downstairs in the basement. Is that considered authentic? I compose poetry myself though I type it on a word processor. Soon we will understand the merits more so than its antiquities.

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Touché. My fiancée told me that I ‘beat the crap’ out of my keyboard. Apparently I type hard and fast. She said she felt bad for the keyboard.

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That is a beauty

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Needed this! Thank you!

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Chargrp redid the Hemingway one as follows 'My typewriter's busted. This borrowed contraption's got so many goddamn quirks that it keeps yanking at my thoughts while I'm trying to write. I can't shake off the malevolence of this infernal machine, and it's crippled me from revising that other story I meant to send your way, or creating anything fresh."

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