Slow Type 

The renewed interest in typewriters isn't just a hipster trend. It's also about slowing down, developing focus, and maintaining a measure of digital detachment.

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Typewriters were once active agents of the standardization now being refined by digital technology, but their role in making us all more accessible to those who seek to monetize and control us has been supplanted by the computer. Now, typewriters are tools of independent, linear, distinct, and distinctly slower, expression.

As Richard Polt wrote during our email exchanges, "Efficiency isn't always the most important consideration. When the process is just as important as the outcome it's not a virtue to finish quickly. It's better to savor" — derive active pleasure from — "the experience."

Nostalgia and hipster concerns just aren't the point unless you're in a very boring room trying to make small talk: It's what kind of tools we want to permit into our lives as we attempt to produce what we find meaningful, and how conscious we are, to quote one of the earliest typists — philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who turned to machine writing as his sight was failing — of how "our writing tools are also shaping our thoughts."

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