Sunday, August 12, 2018

Book review: Border Districts, by Gerald Murnane





Robert Messenger on Murnane: post 1, post 2





Here's a fascinating New York Times interview with Murnane. I read it after reading the novel and writing this post. I suggest that you read his work first, too, if you want to be introduced to his world without too many preconceptions. Also quite interesting is a video interview that you can find on one of Robert's posts.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Typing myself a letter ... indirectly

When I opened the mailbox yesterday, I was excited to see an airmail envelope. Could this be a letter from one of my typospherian correspondents in Mexico, Germany, or many other countries?

But no—on closer look, it was retro-styled mail from a nonprofit organization.



I almost tossed it in the recycling, but decided to rip open the envelope and found a fundraising letter from FINCA, which promotes microloans and other economic solutions in developing countries. The letter was adorned with an image of a Polaroid, with a "typewritten" message on it ...



... But wait! That's my Remington Noiseless font!

It is a very odd experience to be one of thousands of recipients of a mass mailing, and then to discover my own creation within the mail, based on the typing of my first and dearest typewriter.



Remington Noiseless is a popular font, and I've run across it in unexpected places before, as I did on a recent trip to Oakland.

If you'd like to have it, please help yourself.

As for microloans, they have mixed success.