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Revolution in the mailbox: typewriters and border collies

by | Jul 22, 2021 | correspondence | 6 comments

A gratifying volume of letters, cards, and longer typescripts have been reaching me recently. Among them is a letter from a recent recruit to the insurgency. 

He includes an extensive meditation on typewriting and typewriters.

I was especially surprised and delighted to read this passage on the agency of typewriters:
The simile struck me because there’s a new addition to my household: Della, a 10-week-old border collie. She’s sweet, inquisitive, and playful. Border collies grow up to be so smart that I fully expect her to beat my words per minute—if only I can find a typewriter whose keyboard is adapted to a dog’s paws.

 

6 Comments

  1. John Cooper

    That is one of the cutest and smartest-looking puppies I have ever seen. Congratulations!

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  2. Bill M

    Wonderful letter.
    Congratulations on your beautiful new addition. Border collies make great pets, and they are very loyal.

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  3. Ted

    awww, puppy! :D

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  4. Scott

    As a person who grew up with manual typewriters I share much of what you've typed. My vehicle of choice is an Olympia SM9 I found in a Goodwill store for $6.

    Scott

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