“Take a blank piece of paper and write.”

Rosie Schaap is a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. She says what we’ve already known:  “the handwritten letter is an endangered species”. First it was threatened by phone calls. Then texts. Rosie doesn’t buy it. She says “serious occasions” still call for a “handwritten letter”.   And finally, she urges, “It’s not hard….

Finish it, already. Do some “Polychronic working”.

“Polychronic working” — switching between tasks in sequence — turns out to be a good way to work. Here the Ohio State University studied subjects who multitasked –they watched videos while writing. They enjoyed themselves more. Bad news:  They were more distracted and did the job less efficiently. Their advice: Write 5 “Thank You” notes….

Lewis Carroll & “Jabberwocky”.

HEIDI  — another typewriter lover — noticed that author CHARLIE LOVETT bought Lewis Carroll’s typewriter… and had a party where he gave people a card with a line from “JABBERWOCKY” typed on that typewriter.   I happen to love “Alice in Wonderland”.  I was the Caterpillar in the Palo Alto Childrens’ Theatre when I was…

Capote/Carson/typewriters.

I cut this article out a few weeks ago — and it was too large to post. It’s all about how JOANNE CARSON joined with TRUMAN CAPOTE to write her memoirs… and years later, STEVE SOBOROFF, typewriter collector, bought Truman’s typewriter. I decided it shouldn’t sit languishing on my desk anymore, so take a second to…

Love letters keep Nicole & Keith together.

I haven’t followed the comings & goings of Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman very much … except I know she helped him overcome his addiction to something or other — and he’s now helping her grieve the sudden loss of her father. What I DO pay attention, to, is this blurb in PEOPLE magazine: “Even…

Oprah’s “Transformative Truth”.

Oprah Winfrey is not my guru, but I like her magazine and occasionally, when she was on network television, I’d watch her show.  On this page of “Transformative Truths” (from “O” magazine this month), I noticed one good comment I liked — and appropriately enough, it was from her: “YOU RECEIVE FROM THE WORLD WHAT…

Drought.

Steve Lafferty at CAA is very concerned about the water shortage in California.  Not only is he a concerned citizen, he’s also very helpful, and after he suggested that I have my boss Dean David Yager of UC Santa Cruz’s Arts Division talk with CAA’s Business Development person — I wanted to thank him.  I…

Steve Soboroff’s babies.

Chuck Larsen is my personal clipping service.  He manages to catch EVERYTHING — and I mean EVERYTHING — about typewriters that’s happening on the Westside. He’s found black beauties in Cuba and brought back the tales of their Hemingway history. He’s noticed them in Outer Mongolia. He’s incredible. When he sent me this story in…