Over at Backchannel, Mary Pilon on the last of the typewriter men who are fighting against obsolesence.
In addition to repair, Schweitzer restores and sells machines, a shelf of them gleaming as though fresh from the Sears Catalog. In the last five years, he said they have proven to be a draw for younger customers.
"They have their iPhones, they have their iPads, they have their computers," he said. "But they still want a typewriter. If you want to concentrate, if you want to write in your own mind, write with a typewriter. You see the words hit the paper. There's no distractions."
The Last of the Typewriter Men (Backchannel)