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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!
BROKEN DRAWN BAND!

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.

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