Los Angeles. The Monday after Christmas. Los Angeles. At rush hour no less.
Despite this, the question remains:
How do you end the year with the proverbial bang, start the fireworks show early and have it run through and usher in the New Year?
Grab the one and only Richard Polt, his revolutionary book in hand, with the setting of The Last Bookstore, nestled in the middle of Downtown LA, against the backdrop of a cold, windy, sprinkly - a rare sweater-weather evening, sprinkle in some of our lovely machines of dream & yore, with the perfect complimentary Melrose Poetry Bureau and guest morsels celebrity typewriter collector and LAPD badass Steve Soboroff, inspired artist L.A. Marler, and typewriter documentary director & musician Christopher Lockett. Soufflé - and it rises with the music of click and clack. Of course, i was there too along with fellow typospherian Annalese Stradivarius.
Mr Polt has already blogged about this event here.
|I roamed the streets of LA starting at 11am
|The Last Bookstore storefront
|Neon signage. and across the street: the Hotel Alexandria, featured in the movie Se7en
|typosphere unite. There was even a brief appearance from Frank of Streamlines Deluxe. He did some of the art for Richard's book. No pic of him though.
|Polt holds center court and reads from his book. At the event start, there were easily 25+ people in the audience.
|Polt in his element.
|Melrose Poetry Bureau, seated and typing up some on-the-fly poetry. If you are interested in them, they have an event this friday in Los Angeles: Quick Draw Poetry Cabaret.
|another view. Yes, this is a bookstore. Because it is also a landmark and tourist attraction, there was lots of foot traffic and by one of my counts, the crowd swelled to 40 people and probably more.
|Soboroff came to the stage to tell about some stories about why he collects typewriters. He recounted a story with Tom Hanks and explained to Tom why he and Tom aren't the same type of collector. Tom collects typewriters because of the machine. Steve collects them because of the person behind the machine. He told Hanks, i collect typewriters that belonged to people who are on the cover of Time Magazine. Steve said this made Tom pay attention to him solely and completely. Tom said, "I've been on the cover twice." Soon thereafter, Tom sent Steve copies of the 2 Time magazines along with one of his typewriters. I thought this was a splendid story. I found an article about it here. And this interview is interesting as well.
|Corona sweatshirt worn by a Corona specialist. I forget his name but he told me he buys-repairs-sells only Coronas, especially the Corona 3, which he has 40 machines, and the Corona 4, which he has 30.
|The Corona Man's Corona Special. It got a lot of attention.
|Another typewriter enthusiast who brought this Underwood Universal. For some reason, he chose his own machine to type on primarily.
|Soboroff showing how to use Bradbury's Royal KMM to a young girl.
|Some solitary, some groups, all typewriter.
|More typewriters, all around the stage.
|L.A. Marler and Christopher Lockett
|Just another view
|Soboroff actually let people type on his machines, while he looked over their shoulder, of course hahaha.
|Christmas Tree view
|Very decent crowd. Check out the Yelp pics of the Last Bookstore because they have some very interesting book art.