Reading Writing

Tom Hanks and his passion for typewriters

I learnt to type on one of these typewriters. 30 years later, working with computers all day, I am one of those people who think that the best writing comes from pencil and paper, or a good ol’ typewriter.

Mr. Tom Hanks loves typewriters. A fan of his fine acting, I was looking forward to his first published collection of fiction “Uncommon Type”. And it was a delightful read. It has been a while since I last devoured a piece of fiction. You can read Mr. Hanks’ personality and subtle sense of humour through his words. Just like through a good musical performance, the audience would get to know the musician.

To compare his writing style to others would spoil the fun and magic of it all, so I won’t do that. But here’s an excerpt:

“You know what?” she said to me. “It’s Sunday.”
“I do know that,” I told her. “I live in the moment.”
“I admire that about you. Smart. Caring. Easygoing to the point of sloth.”
“You’ve gone from compliments to insults.”
“Change sloth to languorousness,” she said, sipping wine. “Point is I like you.”
“I like you, too.” I wondered if this conversation was going someplace. “Are you flirting with me?”
“No,” Anna said. “I’m propositioning you. Totally different thing. Flirting is fishing. Maybe you hook up, maybe you don’t. Propositioning is the first step in closing a deal.”

Keep on writing and publishing, Tom!

📸 Cliff Johnso