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A few typewriters at City Lights Books

by | Jul 16, 2022 | Uncategorized | 5 comments

I’m in San Francisco for an afternoon and stopped at the legendary City Lights bookstore. Just browsing here makes me feel smarter and more civilized.

I bought some stories by Chekhov and Kelly Link, and this magazine that caught my eye for obvious reasons. 
The premise of The First Line is that the magazine provides a sentence, and writers submit stories that begin with that line. 
I also enjoyed seeing this shot of Frank O’Hara with a Royal portable …

… and this dig at Kerouac. (City Lights has a whole floor devoted to the Beats and poetry.)

I’m sure the store is chock full of other typewriter material, but that’s all I’ve got for you today. 

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Truman Capote said something similar of Kerouac: "That's not writing, that's typing."

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  2. Richard P

    Ah, yes! I knew that sounded familiar.

    I assume all readers of this blog know about the continuous roll on which Kerouac typed On the Road at a feverish pace.

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  3. Mary E

    I'm just south of the city and I can see the fog bank hugging SF. Hope you packed a thick sweater! My sister calls San Francisco The City of Year-Round Wool. PS really like the premise of The First Line.

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  4. Anonymous

    Hit City Lights in about 1998 and picked up one of WSB's "little books". A lotta stuff there I had no idea existed. :D

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  5. Ixzed23

    I didn't know about The First Line. It jumped at me that the cover image is of an early Olivetti Lettera 22 with a French-Canadian keyboard. Thanks!
    Daniel Burgoyne

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