The Electric Typewriter

Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.
18th Mar

A lot of brain cells have been fried trying to work out what life is all about. But sometimes, rather than fight the madness of modern life, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow…

18th Mar

A Tetw reading list

The best writing about the intricacies of the female anatomy

16th Mar

A collection of the very best documentaries to watch online

14th Mar

by Oliver Burkeman

Each week celebrity magazines breathlessly report yet another twist in the Jen-Brad-Angelina love triangle. But where do the stories come from? Are they ever true? And does it even matter?

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