The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist's Companion for the 21st Century

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The connoisseur's guide to the typewriter, entertaining and practical
What do thousands of kids, makers, poets, artists, steampunks, hipsters, activists, and musicians have in common? They love typewriters―the magical, mechanical contraptions that are enjoying a surprising second life in the 21st century, striking a blow for self-reliance, privacy, and coherence against dependency, surveillance, and disintegration. The Typewriter Revolution documents the movement and provides practical advice on how to choose a typewriter, how to care for it, and what to do with it―from National Novel Writing Month to letter-writing socials, from type-ins to typewritten blogs, from custom-painted typewriters to typewriter tattoos. It celebrates the unique quality of everything typewriter, fully illustrated with photographs, posters, postcards, manuals, and more.

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Richard Polt is the creator of the website The Classic Typewriter Page and the blog The Typewriter Revolution. For over twenty years he has been pursuing his love of the typewriter as a collector, webmaster, blogger, magazine editor, repairman―and frequent typist. Polt teaches philosophy at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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"... a lively, lavishly illustrated history of this newly revered machine backed by a comprehensive user's guide ...  A clever, illuminating, and irresistible book of typewriter appreciation and a call for 'digital detox' and 'slow communication.'"  --Booklist

"... delightfully illustrated ... packed with fascinating history and photos ... When the sun finally sends out an electromagnetic surge that fries every e-mail message on Earth, we'll wish we'd written our love letters on a Smith-Corona."  --Washington Post

"... explains how to find and fix a machine, includes testimonies from writers on the freeing power of tapping out a story on a typewriter, and describes the innovative ways that people are using the typewriter today. ... quite enjoyable for anyone who likes the clack of keys and the ring of the carriage return."  --Publishers Weekly

"Polt's account will attract those curious about the changes in technology and social patterns, since this book is really a culture critique masquerading as a history." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Polt's book is lovely and large-format with pictures interspersed among the text, which is itself delightfully hybrid: part history, part philosophy, and part user's manual, complete with labeled images of typewriters and how to use and repair them."  --Chicago Tribune

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