The Typewriter goes DING!

Tom Hanks (yes that Tom Hanks) loves vintage typewriters. Here’s his little written tribute to them in the New York Times:

For less important doodles in text, the kind that go no farther than your desk or refrigerator door, the tactile pleasure of typing old school is incomparable to what you get from a de rigueur laptop. Computer keyboards make a mousy tappy tap tappy tap like ones you hear in a Starbucks — work may be getting done but it sounds cozy and small, like knitting needles creating a pair of socks. Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a literary masterpiece.

I have an old Olivetti Lettera 32. I also find it immensely satisfying to write a note, in fact any note, on a typewriter compared to a computer keyboard. In fact when others receive my thank you notes, typed in uneven script, they seem to find them all the more unique and delightful.

And I believe Tom Hanks just might be my favourite American actor ever.


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