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Tim Youd: World’s most dedicated typist?

by | Sep 2, 2023 | correspondence | 2 comments

Artist Tim Youd‘s 100 Novels project is not for the faint-hearted: retyping a hundred 20th-century novels, in places appropriate to the author or story, on typewriters of the same model used by the author. As I explained in The Typewriter Revolution, Tim puts two sheets of paper into the machine and keeps typing over and over on them until they are blotted, illegible rags. They survive the performance as testimony to his work.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tim a few years ago in California.

Yesterday, I received a postcard which shows that the novels aren’t enough typing for Tim. I believe he creates 500 of these for each performance! To quote him, “Holy mother, that was a lot of work.”

Portraits from Tim’s Instagram.

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    LOVE this. LOVE his work.

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  2. Anonymous

    Hmmn, he's been trucking on this for a few years at least. Dedicated! :D

    Reply

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