Two typewriter stories in the New York Times in the span of just over a week! – we’re living in Bizarro World now, people. The seas must be getting ready to boil.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/04/cormac-mccarthys-typewriter-brings-254500-at-auction/?hpw

Makes you want to hit the yard sales to see if a semi-famous machine might be found after all. I can’t believe it got over $250k!

I’m assuming everyone has seen this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/books/01typewriter.html?_r=1&ref=arts

If anyone wants to bid on it for me, feel free.

In my fevered search for a reasonably priced Lettera 32 in good condition, I came across http://blog.bookoven.com/ – they apparently have a feature called Monday’s Typewriter where they highlight different machines. Worth checking out.

Ok, I just HAVE to get my hands on an Olivetti Lettera 32. I was just looking at La Vie Graphite’s latest post, and that close up of the front of the machine just pushed me over the edge. I’ve been struggling about what my next machine should be. I like Hermes Rockets, Royal QDL’s from the late ’50’s,(when you could get one in a cool red, blue or pink color), Olympia SF’s, etc. I definitely have a look that I prefer. Usually something that has that New Frontier modernism about it, when we were all still dreaming about outer space or thinking about how the Russkies might get us. Something with a retro space-age vibe to it. The Lettera 32 just does it for me. The flat top, the fonts on the front logo, the square keys with rounded corners and smallish letters, the color, the thin space bar, and the lone red key just together give off that vibe of ‘Jetsons meets book report’ or something like that. Maybe somebody can better encapsulate it for me. Anybody use one of these beauties? Anyway, I have a mission to land one of these fish in the next few months. Wish me luck – I’m goin’ in!