5 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 10, 2023

  1. Hi, JVC. Yes, it’s a surprise which typer one owns one ends up taking to El Salvador. My personal favourite is the rather heavy Olympia SM9 with the pica typeface but I like the option of writing in Spanish and French, so my Olympia Traveller de Luxe with the Spanish keyboard and pica typeface would be the one. The Traveller has absolutely nothing wrong with it and writes like a dream and is reasonably lightweight while remaining substantial. They might be the last of the truly great portables. The SM9 has to rest vertically every night to avoid misalignment.

  2. Catalina: Tender Buttons, there’s another book that Franco hasn’t read. Me neither, or so long ago that I can’t remember it. I recently saw Chantal Akerman’s “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels” (1975), which was voted Greatest Film of All Time by Sight & Sound in their 2022 poll. I watched all three-and-a-half hours of it, which is mostly Delphine Seyrig doing housework and running chores with occasional (mostly unseen) sex work. But there’s an extended scene where she’s going around the neighbourhood shops trying to match a button, which, for me, was the highlight of the movie, exemplifying the emptiness/richness of her life, depending on how you look at it. I don’t recommend the film to anyone who doesn’t like long scenes of people just sitting and staring into space. I’ve downloaded Tender Buttons.

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