Friday, December 12, 2014

Public typewriter update

The public typewriter I set up in my office building is getting regular use. It's fun to go to the lounge in the morning and see what clever things have appeared on it. Try this in your workplace!


(I wrote the "scoop." The latest is that the story should appear at the end of this month.)

And one colleague has even provided some carbon paper:

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Case of the Scarlet Remington

Here's a glimpse of my desk at the moment. On the left is Thomas Sheehan's excellent new book, the first title in a series that I'm co-editing. On the right is the Remington Noiseless no. 7 that's been my companion for nearly 40 years.

Between them is a case that belongs to this Remington no. 3 I'm repairing for a customer of The Urban Legend Institute. The typewriter was made in November 1930.

Notice the oddity of this case:

In 20 years of typewriter collecting, I've never seen another one like it! Have you?

There is always something new to discover in the world of typewriters.

Friday, December 5, 2014


Congratulations to everyone who gave National Novel Writing Month a shot this year, and especially to those who made it to 50K.

I sat down at the KMC DeLuxe for a few sessions, but soon discovered that my time was too short and my heart wasn't in it. In case anyone would enjoy reading 4 single-spaced pages inspired by Gogol's Dead Souls, here you go.

Who can guess what's in Grushkin's bundle?