Sunday, July 25, 2021

Shirley Jackson and Stanley Hyman's typewriters

Shirley Jackson is best known for her story "The Lottery." She also wrote many other stories and several novels before her untimely death. Recently her work has been more widely appreciated. Her husband, Stanley Hyman, was a literary critic, New Yorker staff writer, and professor at Bennington College.

This photo is blurry, but Jackson's typewriter may be a Royal portable.

Drawing by Jackson (the letter to the editor of The New Yorker is meant to be from Stanley Hyman, but it's possible that Jackson drew herself typing the letter, trying to get a raise for her husband).

The interview:


My interview with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett:

Congratulations to Barbara on this new anthology!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Revolution in the mailbox: typewriters and border collies

A gratifying volume of letters, cards, and longer typescripts have been reaching me recently. Among them is a letter from a recent recruit to the insurgency. 

He includes an extensive meditation on typewriting and typewriters.

I was especially surprised and delighted to read this passage on the agency of typewriters:

The simile struck me because there's a new addition to my household: Della, a 10-week-old border collie. She's sweet, inquisitive, and playful. Border collies grow up to be so smart that I fully expect her to beat my words per minute—if only I can find a typewriter whose keyboard is adapted to a dog's paws.


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Dead Keys around the world

Pinamar, Argentina:


Missouri, USA:

Ontario, Canada:

Los Angeles: