TypeTown #11: "There is no agony like it."
🕵️♀️ Agatha Christie, Austin Kleon, Ruby Keeler, and the Carolina Panthers...
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Please, pull up a chair.
Can I get you a drink?
For the last fortnight, we’ve been stretching our little grey cells to find a way into this latest issue of TypeTown.
So, please, welcome to your Friday routine Agatha Christie — creator of Hercule Poirot, author of 72 novels, 14 short stories, and the brain behind The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running play (it opened in the West End in 1952, only paused for Covid-19, and re-opened in May 2021).
She’s also the world’s all-time best-selling novelist. Four billion — yes,
— and counting…
Not a bad little tally, is it?
And all knocked out on the humble typewriter.
Reassuringly for the rest of us, it didn’t always feel that way.
“There is no agony like it. You sit in a room, biting pencils, looking at a typewriter, walking about, or casting yourself down on a sofa, feeling you want to cry your head off.”
Agatha Christie’s Writing Habits
- Tony Riches
In the Study, with a Typewriter: 100 Years of Agatha Christie Novels
- Publishers Weekly
Agatha Christie: getting away with murder
- The Guardian
Once you’re in, you’re in
If you’re at all interested in culture or creativity,
has been a must-follow for years.
This week, he’s been celebrating the 10th anniversary of the publication of
Steal Like An Artist
And it turns out he’s an another honorary member of the typosphere.
Three years ago, he got the bug.
It led to the inevitable consequences all TypeTowners will recognise…
And we all know there’s no way back.
Welcome to the gang, Austin.
has arrived in our inbox for the best part of a decade. More than 98,000 others get it, too.
Tapping out a masterpiece
For two glorious minutes at least, Ruby Keeler and Lee Dixon couldn’t put a foot wrong back in 1937.
Here they are in
Ready, Willing, and Able
dancing across an enormous typewriter.
What’s not to like?
Here’s the game-plan
We break from normal service to bring you this magnificent five-part Twitter drama from the 2015 Carolina Panthers’ press box.
Worth pausing the platen
Inside Libération, the Legendary French Newspaper
What I learned about languages just by looking at a Turkish typewriter
Off the cuff: The way of the typewriters
27 ways I use a typewriter
And finally… typewriters in the wild
In this striking 1926 image from German press photographer Georg Pahl…
In this downtown Toronto cafe…
And in this fun Smith-Corona produced by the same artist who knocked up the
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