The Electric Typewriter

Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.
29th Nov

by Michael Finkel

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A journey into and beyond the challenges of total silence.

14th Sep

by Jim Windolf

While traditionally given to hard work, Americans have also, somewhat paradoxically, kept a close watch for any innovation that might take some of the drudgery out of everyday life.

6th Aug

by Chuck Klosterman

Each summer, 500 goths descend on Disneyland to smoke cigarettes and mock Snow White. Why? Because it’s the only place where they can truly feel at home.

10th May

by Roland Barthes

Toys are essentially a microcosm of the adult world; they are all reduced copies of human objects, as if in the eyes of the public the child was nothing but a smaller man who must be supplied with objects of his own size.

10th Nov

by Jonathan Franzen

On a trip to London, I mentioned to a friend there, a book editor who is a very stylish dresser, that I’d seen a green woodpecker eating ants in Hyde Park, and he made a horrible face and said, “Oh, Christ, don’t tell me you’re a twitcher.”