Does anyone type on a typewriter any more?
Doreen Cronin’s delightful children’s book – Click, Clack, Moo-Cows That Type – was outdated by the time it was published in 2000, but it is a testament to the power of the written word in these days of leaving electronic messages. With art by Betsy Lewin, Cronin’s picture book has literate cows and chickens with demands for better living conditions written to Farmer Brown in typed notes. With the duck as the mediator, all ends well – with a funny twist at the end. Adults will appreciate the innuendo; children will like the whimsy – and might have a few questions about that vintage relic that has been replaced by a computer keyboard.
Typewriters offer nostalgia and a little magic to the final product – but not always. David Sedaris only recently converted to a Mac for convenience – not for the ease of the keys, but for the ease of getting through airport security.
“When forced to leave my house for an extended period of time, I take my typewriter with me, and together we endure the wretchedness of passing through the X-ray scanner. The laptops roll merrily down the belt, while I’m instructed to stand aside and open my bag. To me it seems like a normal enough thing to be carrying, but the typewriter’s declining popularity arouses suspicion and I wind up eliciting the sort of reaction one might expect when traveling with a cannon.
It’s a typewriter,’ I say. ‘You use it to write angry letters to airport security.” David Sedaris
I still fondly remember my first typewriter, and my satisfaction as I slammed the carriage into the next line.
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