Royal Empress Takes a Hammering

It's not often a typewriter hits the news on national television, but it happened last week when SBS Australia announced an upcoming Sotheby's Australia auction. Among the items to be auctioned, those from writer Colleen McCullough's estate. For more, see this Sydney Morning Herald article. A focus of the news report was the late author's … Continue reading Royal Empress Takes a Hammering

Alma Karlin

Born in Slovenia, but raised as a German, Alma Karlin (12 October 1889 – 15 January 1950) was a world traveler, writer, poet, collector, polyglot and theosophist. Following the Nazi occupation of Slovenia during World War Two, Alma joined the partisan guerrilla movement and was imprisoned in Celje in 1941. Alma and her Erika typewriter. … Continue reading Alma Karlin

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