The revenge of the electronic typewriter

An interesting article (by Greg Stanmar from the Chicago Tribune 13th August 1988) below is interesting. It says a lot about the author, who links "a typewriter with socialist leanings" to "recalcitrant billpayer" to "deadbeat". But what puzzles me more is the reference to "buy ribbons manufactured by Asian prisoners of war"? The reference to … Continue reading The revenge of the electronic typewriter

Track Changes

A recent purchase I enjoyed reading on my Amazon Kindle is Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing (by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Harvard University Press, 2016), an entertaining, well-written and thoroughly researched book. "There have been popular treatises and academic studies of reading digitally, there have been populist rants and jeremiads [...] But whereas e-books and e-reading devices did not … Continue reading Track Changes

From Ray to Eternity

Born in in Waukegan, Illinois, fantasy writer Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was a native of the "rapidly disappearing small-town world of the American heartland" that English writer Malcolm Bradbury described from the point of view of an alien visitor. Like Malcolm, Ray was a prolific writer of short stories, screenplay and teleplays. However, Ray's tales … Continue reading From Ray to Eternity

Hum on Rye

IBM Selectric by Charles Bukowskihumming,it will do almost anything youask it to do.hummingbeneath its smooth gray paintthe machineknows.even death stands back andasks, "what the hell isthis?"humming,it astonishes the walls, thewindows, the cats, the ashtray,the wooden Buddha andme.this machine can save my life.this machine *has* saved mylife.this machine can create a womanmore beautiful thanany you have … Continue reading Hum on Rye