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Tapping Like a Writer Should

10/25/07 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, About me

Did a little impulse buying on ebay and got a 1939 Royal KMM typewriter. (A typewriter is a thing like a computer that makes marks on a paper for each letter. =that's for you John Dorsey.)

Ever since the last levyfest where a bunch of us were in Mac's basement making a mini mimeograph revolution, I realized how much I miss the feel and visceral part of typing. Poetry is more than words on a page. It's an experience.

This baby has a sweet action on the keys and that typewriter-musty-smell that can only come from ink, dust, and oil. It needs a good cleaning and that should ease the carriage motion a bit and regain that snappy return and linefeed.

After the cleaning I might try this hack so I still can easily get electronic versions w/o scanning and OCR.

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4 comments

Comment from: milesB [Visitor] Email
milesBVery cool. You're making me want to raid my partents house for their ancient manual typewriter and start banging out stuff of my own.

Does any place still sell typewriter paper???
10/26/07 @ 05:23
Comment from: andy [Visitor] Email
andyWas that pic taken with an ancient Royal camera? :)
10/26/07 @ 07:42
Comment from: kathy [Visitor] Email
kathyOh, that is so cool. We're going to have to return to this technology when the lights go out.
10/26/07 @ 16:15
Comment from: fingerman [Visitor] Email
fingermanhow about a 3-way interface twixt my brain, a typewriter, and the computer... sort of a cyber-mechanica-bioflesh menage a trois?
10/29/07 @ 08:30