The Revival of the Manual Typewriter

A personal essay

I’ve been writing on typewriters nearly every day for almost three years. I have six of them now—a Royal, an Olympia, two Underwoods, an Olivetti, and a Smith-Corona. I keep whichever typewriter I happen to be writing on tucked away in a corner of my room, between my dresser and back wall. You can’t even see it from the door. It sits next to a window I find myself looking out when I don’t know what to write. Above my desk, I have newspaper and magazine articles on books, writing, shyness, and introversion. Despite its minimal size—just a desk, a typewriter, and a few words for company—it’s a perfect little refuge when the world gets to be too much. A typewriter isn’t something that necessarily calls attention to itself, but it does demand the attention of the one who uses it. It demands to be appreciated and cared for.

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Top left to bottom right: Underwood Standard, Olympia De Luxe, Olivetti Studio 44, Smith-Corona, Underwood Universal. I keep my sixth, a Royal, with me at school
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Writer, avid reader, and typewriter collector. @AmericanU graduate living in Washington, DC. MA native. Intern @EdweekComm and blogger at @EWBookMarks

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