… a Williams Record feature:
Paresky Extravaganza Clacks out Personal Poems for Students
January 24, 2018
Lydia Duan, Features Editor
This Winter Study, Professor of English and American Studies Cassandra Cleghorn taught a course about typewriters. She and the 10 students enrolled in the course started a typewriting poem project, tabling in Paresky at lunch. The interactive project asked students to give writers one word, from which the writers generated a typewritten poem in response.
Wanting to teach writing with a different slant, Cleghorn chose typewriters as a medium because they are machines built for sentence-stringing and word-slinging, writing and nothing else.
What a great idea! Typewriters are having a resurgence among the retro-oriented for their appeal as a fresh way to experience the creative process as well as for their (at least to me) beauty as design.
My interest is Mid XX Century ultra portables. So saying and photos are clickable for larger size:
L-R Hermes ‘Baby” 1947 Swiss, Gosser ‘Tippa’ 1950s German, Gorma ‘Kolibri’ 1950s German and the typewriter in The Lives of Others, Rooy ‘Roxy’ 1950s French, and an Olivetti ‘Lettera 22’ 1950s Italian.
I now have 21 typewriters sitting around looking at me reproachfully as I type on my wireless mac keyboard.
If anyone else (and I recognize the chances are slim) is interested in writing machines, I can recommend Typewriter Revolution by Richard Polt, available at Amazon as what isn’t.