My favorite way to write is with a typewriter. There’s a rhythm to it. It’s percussive. There’s also a difficulty to writing with a typewriter, a sense at times that you and the machine are in a battle. Computers do their best to move out of your way, and that what we love about them; but a typewriter requires attentiveness and struggle. A typewriter forces you to move forward; to get through to the end. A typewriter doesn’t give a damn about spelling and grammar. A typewriter only needs sound and ink and movement.
This documentary is like a love song to the typewriter. I loved hearing John Mayer say some of the things that I just said and I loved seeing Tom Hanks type on the same machine that I own.