The Typewriter Project

 On Tuesday, February 25th at 6pm the Brookings Public Library will debut its new Typewriter Project by introducing its public typewriter program, hosting a lecture on the history and impact of the typewriter, and screening the award-winning documentary, “California Typewriter”. This event is free to the community.

 Inspired by the book “Notes from a Public Typewriter”by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti, the Brookings Public Library will invite patrons to record their musings on a public typewriter installed near the copy machine. This typewriter, on loan from SDSU professor Michael Keller, will allow patrons to unplug from the digitized world and voice their recollections, passing thoughts, and rants on a machine from the 1940s. All typed notes will be collected and archived by the Library. Other typewriter models from Keller’s collection will be on display in the Library as well.

 The project’s launch will open with an introduction of the public typewriter program alongside a presentation by SDSU professor and lender of the public typewriter, Michael Keller. The night will culminate with the showing of “California Typewriter” with a short Q&A to follow.

 According to the documentary’s webpage, “California Typewriter”is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.  It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of a dwindling number of remaining repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the emphasis on speed and convenience in the digital age redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?