When Michael Gustafson and his wife Hilary opened Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they put out a typewriter for anyone to use. They had no idea what to expect. Would people ask metaphysical questions? Write mean things? Pour their souls onto the page? Yes, no, and did they ever.
Every day, people of all ages sit down at the public typewriter. Children perch atop grandparents' knees, both sets of hands hovering above the metal keys: I LOVE YOU. Others walk in alone on Friday nights and confess their hopes: I will find someone someday. And some leave funny asides for the next person who sits down: I dislike people, misanthropes, irony, and ellipses ... and lists too.
In NOTES FROM A PUBLIC TYPEWRITER Michael and designer Oliver Uberti have combined their favorite notes with essays and photos to create an ode to community and the written word that will surprise, delight, and inspire.
“Life, like this typewriter, has no backspace. Type strongly and don’t look back.”
Notes from a Public Typewriter
Occasionally, a book comes along you simply fall in love with and folks, we have a winner here! I learned about Notes from a Public Typewriter from an article featured on NPR. I unquestionably love my local indie bookstores and do my best to promote and support them. What better homage than buying a book from a local indie store about another indie bookstore?! I read this lovely book in one short sitting. It is such a charming little book filled with pictures, short passages, quotes and outlooks on life and of course books. Some are truly silly, while others seep deep into your heart. This book will be permanently placed on my coffee table and I already know I will buy extra copies to give as gifts. If I ever make it to Ann Arbor, the Literati Bookstore will be my #1 goal. I just wonder, what will I type?