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Silent Type #1 and #2 both available from Microcosm Publishing. Also! Silent Type #1 reviewed by One Minute Zine Review

For those who have asked, both issues of Silent Type are now available for sale from Microcosm Publishing.

Purchase issue #1
Purchase issue #2

They were printed in limited quantities, so if you are interested, act now.

More about Silent Type

Check out this link I just found, in which Silent Type #1 is reviewed by DJ Frederick in his One Minute Zine Review series.

Help the Independent Publishing Resource Center and win zines and stickers!

This holiday season (queue announcer voice), I would like to help out an organization that shares the values of the typosphere: Portland Oregon’s Independent Publishing Resource Center.

The IPRC is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of independent print publishing projects, and is staffed and used by typewriter fans, comic book artists, writers, zinesters, mimeograph nerds, letterpress people, and any number of folks you’d want to be friends with. I made a video about the IPRC in graduate school last winter and attended a weekend-long print camp there in 2009 which was a great experience (see this brief video of Silent Type co-producer Brandon learning how to use a mimeograph machine there).

As the IPRC is a nonprofit organization, it relies on donations to stay afloat. Here’s how you can help.

1) First, view the
IPRC Typing Kitty video
(featuring a lovely green-keyed Royal Quiet De Luxe).

2) Decide that you are moved to donate $10 or $25.

3) Realize that Strikethru is offering a free copy of Silent Type #2 to $10 donors, and a free copy of both issues 1 and 2, plus 1 sheet of beautiful Royal typewriter stickers* (one sheet of 4 stickers) to $25 donors. Holy cow!

4) Donate securely via the Willamette Week give guide (the Willamette Week is a weekly newspaper in Portland, OR): Go to their 2010 Give Guide, Click Donate Now, under Arts enter $10 or $25 next to Independent Publishing Resource Center, click Next, etc.

5) Send me an email or a letter (letters are great) to inform me of your donation and give me the address to send the prize to. Please be honest!

6) Enjoy your prize and the moral satisfaction of knowing that you helped an organization that supports independent print publishing, and is home to a number of happy and well-used typewriters.

I am hoping to raise $100 for the IPRC (and plan to donate $25 myself in addition to that). If enough people donate and we reach the $100 mark (or we reach January 31st, 2011, whichever comes first), I will end the offer (because I only have so many copies of Silent Type– you do realize it is now officially out of print?! See left for PDF copies of the zine if you want to take a look).

*the typewriter stickers are made by the talented Sarah Golden. Visit her Etsy store craftyFOLK, based in my home town of Sactomato, for these and other awesome typewriter-related crafts.

Silent Type availability: update

Darn it, I am way overdue to post something actually typed. As it stands, my scanner is located in any of a dozen impassable piles of personal belongings due to recent home projects, and I have no idea which pile. Thus, no typecast today.

But, Silent Type #1, (of which there is a PDF at left) is now available again from Microcosm Publishing. (Update: the web site may say “out of stock” but try again in a few days– the shipment of 30 new copies may still be in transit) If you’d like a copy, act now, because I may not be printing any more after this run, and they have about 30.

I am glad to announce that Microcosm will soon be offering Silent Type #2 as well (also available for free as a PDF at left)– stand by for information about when. It should be within a few weeks.

From this point on, please purchase copies from Microcosm, as I will not be selling or giving them away directly. (If you have already asked, I will get in touch with you and/or may have already sent your copy).

For those who have asked, I am semi-officially retiring Silent Type, and don’t plan to produce issue #3 or produce new print runs of existing issues after the remaining stock is gone. It’s been very fun to put the zine out and my endless thanks go to those of you who have participated and/or shown interest in the project. Its surprising popularity is a testament to your talents– I’ve had to print many more copies than I ever imagined due to everyone’s enthusiasm, which goes to show you right there that neither typewriters nor print projects are on their deathbed at this time. There is definite interest in this kind of work in the zine community (and possibly beyond) and I encourage other typospherians to consider printing and publishing analog-themed or analog-created work– your own, compilations, or whatever strikes your fancy. I’ll be first in line to make a purchase.

Silent Type 2: In the mail

If you contributed to Silent Type 2, your copy is on its way to you in the mail (provided I have your current address). Here are a few photos taken by co-editor Brandon of the ST2 production line (for which he deserves all the credit. Without his help, there would have been no ST2).

Hope you enjoy your copy. I will soon have information about how to get extra copies for those who want one.


  • In the copies I have already sent out, a poem appears that should not have been included due to a miscommunication. It will be removed from subsequent printings. It is “During the War” by Ed Skoog. Apologies to Mr. Skoog for the error.
  • Since no printing is complete without a typographical error, please go to the credits page of your zine and draw a copyright symbol © just before “2010” in the line “All contents 2010” … so, it should read “All contents © 2010…” I will write those in to any future copies I send out but the ones I just shipped off don’t have it.

On making a zine: thoughts and logistics

For those of you utterly uninterested in Silent Type and/or print zines, this is hopefully one of the last posts about this project, after which time we will turn to our regularly scheduled programming of topics such as “is it worth it to pay through the nose to have a typewriter refurbished?” Short answer: if you can afford it, absolutely.

Oh, and check out Retro Tech Geneva’s post on the art and obligations of typewriter collecting. I think many of you will relate to the points raised. I sure do.

Best wishes to those of y’all readying for the annual writing marathon known as National Novel Writing Month.

Strikethru trainwreck

Every blog trainwrecks at some point. Mine jumped the tracks earlier this year, somewhere near the intersection of work, grad school, parenthood, and pregnancy, which left me in a totally typewriter-free state of driving constantly around town to a series of meetings, classes, and appointments.

These facts being what they are, I have undertaken a Speeglesque challenge: to finish Silent Type 2 within the next three weeks. For after this time, my every earthly second will be spoken for around the clock for months.

Wish me luck.

Silent Type II: no, it’s not here yet

What is Silent Type?

What is the Portland Zine Symposium?

Silent Type II production

Finally finished cataloging and scanning all of the Silent Type II contributions, and have placed them into an InDesign file (thanks again to Brandon, unsung hero of Silent Type, without whom none of this would likely ever get done). There’s still quite a bit of work to be done, since I need to create title pages, contents pages, credits pages, some collages, that sort of thing, but I am feeling encouraged that much of the content is already in a digital file. This can only mean one thing: it will get done.

I am impressed by the quality of the poems and especially the effort some people made to format/design the page their poem appears on– these particular poems will make the finished product a joy to look through. (Also thanks to those folks who have sent me vintage letterhead and other items which will find their way into collages for the issue.) My sincere thanks to everyone who contributed a poem, and I want to apologize for the generally long time it takes to get the finished product out. You can trust me when I say, you will have a finished zine in your hands this summer.

Winners, silly typewriter hacks, haters, typewriters around the world, and Silent Type

I dearly wish I could pin a button on every one of you beautiful people, but it just so happens that we have a lone victor in the Random Drawing for PrizesChristina C! Chosen by the Random Number Generator (I really must come up with a more analog way of picking winners). Christina, please contact me via e-mail by June 25th (send me your mailing address). If I don’t hear from you, the Random Number Generator will crank itself up for another calculation.

Thinking that if I happen across another set of buttons in the future, I may bust the package and have six winners of one button each. Just so things could go a little more like this.

Have you already seen this bit about the silly iPad typewriter hack?

Let it be known that fellow typecaster Frank DeFreitas of Antiquarian Holographica has started a new site, Typewriters Around the World, in which he is posting just that: letters from typewriters around the world. Time for you to represent! Get out your Smith-Corona and send him a letter for everyone to enjoy.

I encountered weirdness the other day upon a certain social networking web site, in which an artist known for creating reclining nudes out of typewriter parts penned a screed somewhat tilted in my direction, ascribing a number of unflattering characteristics to those who prefer their typewriters whole. I shant go into detail, but it repeated general themes seen in the comments of the Daily News item about Skye Ferrante being booted from the Writers Room in NYC: that people who use typewriters are terrible, terrible people indeed, pretentiously clattering away on their horrid anvils of the industrial age only as an affectation designed to irritate the clever and righteous masses of virtual iPhone keyboardists and ardent thumb-typers o’er the land.

Let us continue doing our part to irritate such persons well into the 21st century.

PS: Silent Type 2: Working on it. Oh! And Silent Type #1 is now available for purchase at the Microcosm Publishing Web site.

Letters & Journals Magazine website launch

Letters & Journals magazine, scheduled to launch in print form next year, has unveiled a website that is both beautifully designed and full of in-depth content, which should tell you what to expect from the print version next year.

I am looking forward to subscribing (all the more these days I treasure the opportunity to read content offline) but the website is certainly the next best thing. If you’re not already reading it, head over there for information about postcards, fan mail, travel journals, writing community and events, links to stationery and paper-related articles and resources, and all that sort of thing.

More about L&J: