15 thoughts on “Monday, July 11, 2022

  1. Aubrey, welcome to our tribe. I’m impressed you took apart a typewriter and got it working and clean. Maybe I could fix the ones I have. Type as often as you like, some are daily and I type when a thought sticks in my head. Linda

  2. Barbara, thanks for mentioning the Pup controversy and being clueless because so am I. Not sure who posted that but I didn’t see it either. Hope it is resolved now. Let’s be kind to each other. On my next California visit let’s try to meet in person (maybe with Daniel M) too

  3. Xicano:
    You wrote:

    “I work
    so that I can sit
    in a run down
    in the poor side
    of town
    my daily page.”

    That’s my idea of poetry, written and lived.

  4. Leo: You’re right. That’s a very poetic sentence Xicano wrote.

    Barbara: Sorry to hear you gave up on Mrs. Dalloway. Maybe you’ll take it up later. The late Paul Fussell is probably best known for “The Great War and Modern Memory,” but he wrote many other notable books on a variety of topics. You subscribe to the NY Times so if you’d like to know more about him his obit is still on the paper’s website. He died in 2012, age 88. I like him for many reasons, not the least of which is that he was disdainful of authors who whine about bad reviews.

  5. I try not to read my reviews because every so often there’s one that makes me want to whine. I do love Graham Greene, though. I read that Fussell has a chapter in a book of his devoted to Greene so I may have to read that.

  6. Barbara: There’s a review of Fussell’s The Boy Scout Handbook in an August, 1982 NY Times piece. Apparently Fussell was hot then cold about Greene. Fussell’s essay “A Power of Facing Unpleasant Facts” in Thank God For The Atom Bomb makes clear his contempt for authors who are hypersensitive to criticism. Contains a wonderful quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay for the consideration of authors and those who aspire to be.

  7. Here’s the Millay quote: “A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down … If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book, nothing can help him.” I’d extend that to include not just books but any piece of published writing.

  8. Aubrey, Welcome aboard! Congratulations on your SM-3 and successfully cleaning. Working on your own typewriter is great fun. Richard Polt probably has the manual for your machine on the Classic Typewriter Page under typewriter manuals. I forget the backspace adjustment off hand, but it is not difficult. I like the SM3 about the best out of all the Olympias.

  9. Mike: I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment that electronic communication, particularly on social media, lacks the element of forethought that exists in physical media. I rarely use social media, and when I am emailing anything even slightly contentious, I always park the draft for a while and revisit it before sending to ensure no unintended offence is committed.

    Alex H: Your page is acknowledged, and for the record I have just this week secured a new-to-me Hermes Baby that is demanding some TLC, like all babies do. Looking forward to cleaning it up and making it serviceable.

    Linda in DC: Love the letterhead. Must keep an eye out for some Aussie themed stationary, but I fear they are few and far between.

    Aubrey & Anon. Typestar 110 typer: I have only been posting to OTP for about a week but have so far neglected to formally introduce myself. Note to self – must write intro piece.

    1. Thanks, the Page is grateful! Haha. May the Hermes Baby serve you as well as mine does. The little machine is inspiration as much as it is the means to type for me. And being ultra portable, it fits in my backpack. Ticks all the boxes for me.

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