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Now you can be Bukowski!

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looks like bullshit to me. Don't we know what typers Buk used over the years? I think that it is in the timeline. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't remember this being one that he used. Still, it is a damn nice looking typer.

Bill
 

hoochmonkey9

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the only thing I miss about writing with a typewriter is the sound and the almost physical connection with the words coming out on the page.
and the way they looked.
so I guess that's 2 things.
but everything else was a pain. corrections, ribbons, etc. especially if you're a lousy typist, which I am.
 

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from the timeline...

Switches from Royal typewriter to an Olympia Standard [December] 1975


so he used an Olympia, just not the one on ebay.
 

Father Luke

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(snippage)

the only thing I miss about writing with a typewriter is the sound
If you have a PC - you might enjoy this:

Code:
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,7182-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html

If you've ever yearned for the sounds of yesteryear, you'll appreciate this little
program. Every time you hit a key, you'll hear the racket of a typewriter from
your PC's speakers; hit the Return key and you'll get the familiar ratchet and
ring. The only thing missing? A sheet of carbon paper.
 

bospress.net

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from the timeline...

Switches from Royal typewriter to an Olympia Standard [December] 1975


so he used an Olympia, just not the one on ebay.

Right. And if I remember John Martin bought Olympia for him in 1975. I can't imagine that he bought him a 1958 model in 1975.

So the typewriter story on ebay is 100% horseshit. Still, dropping Bukowski's name got some eyes on the auction, so I guess that plan worked...

Bill
 

mjp

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If you have a PC - you might enjoy this:

C L I C K

If you've ever yearned for the sounds of yesteryear, you'll appreciate this little
program. Every time you hit a key, you'll hear the racket of a typewriter from
your PC's speakers; hit the Return key and you'll get the familiar ratchet and
ring. The only thing missing? A sheet of carbon paper.
Note: This download installs a small program that sends information to advertisers. Click here for more information about protecting yourself from this type of program, sometimes referred to as "spyware."

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The Olympia is a great portable typewriter though, and that one looks real clean. Typing on one now is a bit precious and pomo though. ;) No one who had a choice between the Olympia, no matter how nice it is, and a computer would choose the Olympia (or any other typewriter).

Bukowski certainly abandoned his typewriters enthusiastically when he got a computer...

3/91: "For me, the computer is a total time saver, it lets you cut right to the business of getting it down and done so you can do some more. I love the fucking thing."

In a later letter he said he was writing three times more on his computer than he had on his typewriter.
 

Father Luke

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Note: This download installs a small program that sends information to advertisers. Click here for more information about protecting yourself from this type of program, sometimes referred to as "spyware."

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D'oh!
 

Father Luke

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Here is a typewriter sound maker for PC Keyboards without the spyware.

Free.

Noisy Keyboard
Do you miss the days of typewriters, when you heard a distinctive sound each time you
pressed one of the keys? Those days are back when you use Noisy Keyboard. This free
system tray-based utility lets you hear seven different types of sounds as you hunt and
peck your way through another computing session: one that plays when you hit the
Spacebar, another that's heard when you touch the Enter key, and a third that's played
when any other key is pressed. The setup program installs the sound events in the
Windows Control Panel/Sounds module, which means it's easy to modify the sounds that
are placed. Take advantage of the three crisp-sounding .wavs provided, or use your own.
Need a quiet keyboard for a moment? Just click on the program's system tray icon to
instantly mute the sound.

C L I C K for the homepage
 
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