Kerouac’s Typewriter and the Guggenheim Museum NYC

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Hey! How y’all doing? I am on top of the world these days. Literally. This is my first trip to the New York City, and I am ecstatic. I don’t have much time for blogging these days, but I will try my best posting the most unique things that struck my fancy and cannot wait until I return to the drudgery of Liberian living.
Here is the Thing #1. From the Guggenheim Museum – a clay version of  Jack Kerouac’s Typewriter. There are 2 reasons why this exibit attracted my attention.
1. I have a typewriter fetish. I was gifted a 40s Royal in a great condition a few years ago, and it would work if not one little detail that wore out with use. I took it once to a repair shop, and they told me that either I need to buy a broken typewriter with that one working detail or oder the detail to be custom made. That was where I left it off. The Royal is locked in a storage now. Poor sad thing, I feel bad, because such a beauty should be admired and used.
2. I love clay. I took it up two years ago, and pretty much disappeared for the world in my dusty office, filled with crafts junk. Someday I may make a clay typewriter like this one.
That’s it for now. The NYC curiosities will keep coming.

6 Comments

  1. Haha every word typed with this machine will literally trun into sand lol! Great post!

    I too would like to visit NYC one day! And I only live about 7 hours away from the city! I could literally drive there but never got the chance!

    You are cooler than I am! I hope you’re having a wonderful time. Keep the posts coming.

    Infinite peace and wisdom!

  2. That is an awesome sculpture! Kerouac is one of my favourite writers. I own a couple of typewriters – an IBM Selectric II that doesn’t work, and an Adler Gabrielle 25 that also doesn’t work (needs a new ribbon). A while back I took the Adler out to the Wellington waterfront and photographed it – the pic’s the header on my Facebook author page. It was a kind of weird thing to do and I attracted the attention of a passing journalist who, it turned out, had also owned one.

      1. It does – I wrote my dissertation, my thesis, and a LOT of feature articles, etc, on my Adler. There’s something about working with pen-and-ink on a typed draft too, which you can’t replicate on a computer. I kind of miss it, though I don’t miss the re-typing…

        1. True, re-typing is not so fun. But the sensation of producing a paper page with text as you type the words is amazing. I think it appeals to our need to ‘publish’ and share our ideas. It’s a tangible result of writing.

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