Thursday, May 26, 2022

Two cover designs for my novel

Behold two designs by Trent Reker for my novel, Evertype. You can click on them to see more detail.

Please vote: which one gives you the greatest desire to start reading the story? 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A visit to Nashville Typewriter

On my way to Memphis, where I'll give a talk about Martin Heidegger's typewriter, I stopped by Nashville Typewriter—Kirk Jackson, proprietor. 

Kirk's shop is located at 119 Moncrief Ave. in Goodlettsville, Tennessee (greater Nashville). It includes several fascinating display rooms, a workshop, and storage space.

Joining us was local typewriter lover and photographer Bill Lund.

There's a story behind everything at Nashville Typewriter. Here are a few.

This Smith-Corona Skyriter was admired by Tom Hanks when he visited last year:

Here are just a few of the typewriters Kirk recently acquired in Louisville, Kentucky:

He also brought back some rare literature:

This style of Adler Universal was made infamous in "The Shining" ("All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy")"

Kirk's workspace:

Many colorful portables ready for sale:

Some of the rarer machines here are part of Kirk's personal collection:

Kirk stocks my book, which he displays along with an Adler Favorit that used to belong to me:

I wish I could have spent longer in this wonderland. Kirk is living my dream! Do stop by Nashville Typewriter yourself sometime.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

The magnificent Royal KHM

I've been neglecting my blog recently. Too many other things going on, including preparation for a trip to Greece with a group of students, which will last all of June. Of course I will be on the lookout for γραφομηχανές.

Just to post something, here is an illustration of the Royal KHM, from the cover of an instruction manual. I just think it conveys the magnificence and gravitas of this great 1930s typewriter.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Lili Marlene, the dancing Olympia

 A delightful illustration by Marni Doidge on a recent letter.