From Nowhere: Vintage Postcards and a Typewriter

I wanted to see what would happen — what sort of meaning might emerge — if I took a batch of old postcards and, using this rickety typewriter, reacted to the images on them.

Here’s the first one. It seemed right for a starter.

I like “From Nowhere” as a title for the ongoing project because “nowhere” contains “now” and “here,” yet postcards of course always pertain to “then” and “there.”

Below is what’s done so far, with the most recent postcard first (so that when I add more, they’ll be at the top). This means you are seeing them in the reverse order of writing.


Randy Osborne’s writing has appeared ​in Salon, The Rumpus, Full Grown People, The Lascaux Review, Flyleaf Journal, Empty Mirror, Identity Theory,3Elements Review, Bodega, Loose Change, ​Green Mountains Review, ​Spry Literary Journal, Scene Missing, ​Thread, ​other small magazines, as well as theChicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His ​work has been published in four print anthologies and nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net. One of his pieces is listed in the Notable section of Best American Essays 2015. He lives in Atlanta, where he is finishing a book.

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