On the first day that Michael Gustafson and his wife Hilary opened Literati Bookstore in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, something possessed him to place a typewriter on a table for anyone to use.
That was in the spring of 2013. Since then, Gustafson’s “public typewriter experiment” has yielded a treasure trove of notes: some droll, some heartbreaking, some witty, some poignant.
With Oliver Uberti, Gustafson compiled many of the notes over the past few years into a new book, titled Notes from a Public Typewriter. Gustafson joined Stateside to discuss how the idea for a public typewriter came to be, what the notes on the typewriter have taught him, and how his independent bookstore has defeated naysayers’ expectations.
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