Write This Way

THERE's something very romantic about a typewriter, the click of keys and the chime of its little bell. Go deeper, and the affection could be attributed to its defiant stamp – no delete button, just a spooling ribbon, permanence. It’s a romance that is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, thanks in part to the actor Tom Hanks, who has such a deep obsession he has created an app and a book in dedication. For me, I am more intrigued by the process of writers and, more specifically, the women whose great words shaped a vision and then, more boldly, a movement 

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  3. Independent's Day: actress Romy Schneider, above, plays translator Hélène Haltig in Les Choses de la Vie, the chic 1970 film directed by Claude Sautet; below the American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and political activist, Susan Sontag, who wrote extensively about photography, culture, AIDS and human rights, photographed in 1972 by Jean-Regis Roustan.
  6. "I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up." – Susan Sontag


  1. "Grammar is a piano I play by ear, since I seem to have been out of school the year the rules were mentioned. All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. Many people know about camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences. The arrangement of the words matters, and the arrangement you want can be found in the picture in your mind." – Joan Didion