Tuesday, July 29, 2008

On "Salinka Mura and the Typewriter" by Charles Talkoff (910 words) *****

Simply put, I love this story. It's Richard Brautigan silly, but like the best of Richard Brautigan's short stories, it makes some kind of odd sense and even manages to carry a plot. Talkoff turns a typewriter into a literal object. Okay, I guess typewriters are literal objects, so I'm not making a lot of sense. But what I mean is that he turns the whole essence of a typewriter--not just the physical thing itself but also the things it does--into an object. It's beautiful. It makes me want to be a typewriter. Or actually, I think I'd rather be Salinka Mura so I could have beautiful things written on me--or rather, typed. Read the story here.

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