The Electric Typewriter

Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.
13th Mar

As chosen by Amanda Oliver

We asked Amanda Oliver, writer, editor, librarian and proprietor of this amazing tumblr, to pick her favourite articles and essays for us. This is what she chose:

Why We Travel by Pico Iyer - A call to leave our beliefs and certainties at home and see the world with open eyes

A Sort of Happy Ending by David Farley - The author was 15 when his older brother took him to a strip club in Mexico to make him a man

My Touchstone and a Heart of Gold by Caroline Leavitt - “I never intended to get a tortoise…”

Sick by Amy Butcher - “Careful,” I sometimes say. To anyone else, this might seem wrong, but I have to pretend it’s a game—having a friend in a place like this…

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - “Nobody is going to give you a thing. You have to give it yourself. You have to tell us what you have to say…”

Munro Country by Cheryl Strayed - One afternoon when I was twenty-five, I opened the lid of the black metal mailbox that was bolted to the front of the house where I lived and found a plain white envelope addressed to me in a grandmotherly scrawl from an address in British Columbia…

For more beautiful words, images, and consistently excellent advice about life and writing, check out Amanda Oliver’s blog

12th Mar

A Tetw reading list

The best writing about bullying, IRL and online

11th Mar

A Tetw reading list

For the last 3 years The Electric Tyepwriter has been scouring the internet to bring you the best journalism, essays and narrative nonfiction. Now we’ve put together a list all the 1,500 great nonfiction articles we’ve posted so far…

10th Mar

A huge collection of the very best non-fiction books inlcuding stacks of outstanding writing about life, politics, travel, pscchology, war and much more, plus tons of amazing journalism, memoir and, of course, essay collections… enjoy!

8th Mar

by Rian Malan

How American music legends made millions from the work of a Zulu tribesman who died a pauper.