Why reading?

Episode 20: When Reading (Book Etiquette)

No, WHY reading? As in, why do we read things? Why books, why do we read this blog post? Why do we focus on words?

Today we discuss why we read. AND.

It’s our 50th episode!


The result of a shameless Google Search for 50.

We’ve been doing Hardcover for about a year now and that’s crazy! SO many good interviews and topics, and no sign of stopping. Thanks for your support!

So. Why reading.

I believe we read because we have a story. And we want to tell that story. This theme is common with other authors as well. It’s certainly not a thought I invented, but I think it’s very important to who we are as people and how we view the world. Do we see a collection of stories or do we see one big story that we’re all contributing to? Maybe someone else’s story?

When you’re gone, the world is still going to have your story. Maybe that’s why we read. Because we’re keeping these stories going. Maybe it’s different for you. Let us know! Tell us your story.

Thanks for listening!

Can you imagine having to type up a 20-page paper and, in order to rearrange sections of text, having to actually take a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue and manually cut and paste your document together?

Before personal computers, typewriters were used to type up letters, finish last-minute assignments, and put together the great novels of the 20th century. So, in honor of all those students and profs, writers and editors, who spent long hours re-working their writings, we’ve titled this typewriter-centric episode Cut & Paste.


Malling-Hansen writing ball 2


The entirety of  “Stenographers” by P.K. Page, for your reading pleasure: http://jbohrn.augustpoetry.org/classic_poetry/Page.htm

Ernest Hemingway once won a bet that he could write a moving story in six words. He won with this:

“For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”

Send us a six-word story of your own – post on hardcoverradio.com


Have a favourite film or TV scene involving a typewriter? Tweet it to us @hardcoverradio

Kids are introduced to typewriters. One tries to feed paper in through the side:



If you’re in the Oregon area, you may want to stop by their typewriter exhibit: http://atelier6000.org/exhibits-and-events/the-typewriter-returns/

These Hemingwrite typewriters look pretty cool! Check out their website: https://hemingwrite.com/



Contribute to a writing site inspired by The Infinite Monkey Theorem: http://www.shakespearean-monkeys.com/


Jack Kerouac at his typewriter:












From the Museum of Obsolete Objectshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF1PWl2jJfQ


Political use of typewriters: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2701392/Typewriter-sales-boom-Germany-thousands-basics-bid-avoid-U-S-spies-wake-NSA-allegations.html


Some of the many variations of typewriter: http://io9.com/the-curious-evolution-of-the-typewriter-in-pictures-509985235

Looking for a typewriter repair shop in the Detroit area? http://www.yellowpages.com/pontiac-mi/mip/typewritter-man-8879043?lid=8879043


Famous authors and their typewriters: http://mytypewriter.com/authors/index.html


Typewriter art: http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/23/typewriter-art-laurence-king/

21st Century documentary on the typewriter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5XKQ8gZnXk