Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Seems a fellow in St. Louis (my home town) has an art project going in which he has installed 40 typewriters all around the city and encourages passersby to type their answers to the question, “What is St. Louis thinking?”
Henry Goldkamp also runs a mobile poetry business. He parks himself somewhere and types out poetry on demand, though I can’t imagine he pays his rent that way. Art for art’s sake, right? The typewriter project, however — which he plans to keep open through September — appears to be an interestingly earnest parody, or not. People are intrigued and type out whatever is on their minds at the moment. Goldkamp hopes to publish the thought hoard at some point.
Oddly enough, many folks have a hard time figuring out how a typewriter works. I must admit, I don’t really miss the old machine — changing ribbons, unsticking the keys, gooping Wite-Out all over the place, and don’t get me started on carbon paper!
On the other hand, are our deep thoughts too fleeting nowadays, thrown out into the electronic cosmos like steam?