Saturday, July 23, 2016

Typewriters in Fiction: The Lost Weekend

Life's recent chaos has left me little time to read, but I finally managed to get through The Lost Weekend. A review of this book might be forthcoming, but for now, I thought it'd be nice to share some quotes from the text about typewriters. In the 1945 film adaptation starring Ray Milland, the character Don Birnam uses a Remington #2 portable (see my post here for more on the movie). While in the book, the machine is never specified beyond the Remington name, I chuckled at these gems:

Page 96:

He went into the bedroom and began packing up his Remington portable: got the dusty case out from under the desk, set the machine inside, hit the spacer a few times till it was centered and would fit, and closed the cover.

Page 102:

What fiend ever gave the name portable to a portable. It was a dead weight that dragged you down, held you back, it pulled your arm out of the shoulder-socket, it fixed you fast to one spot on the sidewalk. It was a solid block of lead, but lead that would become pure gold if you could drag it far enough.

Page 105:

He gazed through the glass...There was a portable typewriter plastered with the peeling souvenirs of European travel.

Just out for a bit of typing in the park.
Hm...little heavy, for an Underwood.

Oh jeeze, this Olympia's KILLING ME!

Anybody got similar passages they'd like to share?

Power to the pen!

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff, thanks. Loved that quote about the portable.