Event: The Fine Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin hosts a screening of “The Typewriter in the 21st Century.” The event is free and open to the public.
When: 6 p.m. Friday, April 19
Where: Fine Arts Library, Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA 3.200) at The University of Texas at Austin.
Background: The Fine Arts Library will present the Texas premiere of a documentary about a machine and the people who use, love and repair it.
“The Typewriter in the 21st Century” — by filmmakers Christopher Lockett and Gary Nicholson — features 30+ interviews with authors, collectors, journalists, professors, bloggers, students, artists, inventors and repairmen (and women) who meet for “Type-In” gatherings to both celebrate and use their decidedly low-tech typewriters in a plugged-in world.
The film features authors Robert Caro and David McCullough, combined winners of 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 3 National Book Awards and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and both avid typewriter users. They provide fundamental commentary about process and the value of slowing down, writing actual drafts and revising in a world of instant, draft-less editing.
The film was inspired by a May 2010 article in Wired magazine called “Meet The Last Generation of Typewriter Repairman.” Director Lockett and producer Nicholson discussed the importance of the typewriter in 20th century literature, their conclusion being that every great novel of the 20th century was written on one, and if typewriters are in their final days, they deserved to be celebrated one last time.
Funded largely through a Kickstarter campaign, the film eventually featured not only typewriter people — the aforementioned technicians, collectors, bloggers, users and fans — but famous typewriters as well. The film features machines once owned by Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Tennessee Williams, John Steinbeck, Jack London, Sylvia Plath, George Bernard Shaw, John Lennon, Joe DiMaggio, Helen Keller, the Unabomber, John Updike, Ray Bradbury and Ernie Pyle.
The screening of “The Typewriter in the 21st Century” will be followed by a Q&A featuring producer Gary Nicholson and John Payton, owner of a typewriter “museum” in Taylor, Texas.
The event will be preceded by a small public reception at 5 p.m.
The event will be accompanied by an exhibit of historic typewriters that includes machines used by Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney — both on loan from the Briscoe Center for American History — and former theater professor Oscar Brockett, as well as examples of typewriter art, authentic instruction materials and typewriter scholarship.
The Fine Arts Library — a branch of the University of Texas Libraries — contains the art, music, theater and dance collections for The University of Texas at Austin. Its collections primarily support research and instruction in the College of Fine Arts — which includes the Butler School of Music, the Departments of Art and Art History and Theatre and Dance — and serves numerous other university departments through its audiovisual collections. The Fine Arts Library collection includes approximately 350,000 books and scores, 400 current serial subscriptions, 48,000 compact discs, 12,000 DVDs, 12,000 videocassettes and videodiscs, 6,200 reels of microfilm, 24,000 microfiche and more than 135,000 LPs.
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The University of Texas New Music Ensemble, along with guest tenor Richard Fracker, will present both classical musical interpretations of Thomas’s poetry — such as Igor Stravinsky’s “In Memoriam Dylan Thomas,” David Diamond’s “I Have Longed to Move Away” and John Corigliano’s “Poem in October” — as well as original works by University of Texas composers Chris Prosser Brian Heim, inspired by the Welshman’s work.
The New Music Ensemble — under the direction of Professor Dan Welcher — is widely regarded as one of the best student ensembles of its kind nationwide. Featuring solo, chamber and large ensemble works by living composers and those of therecent past, the group consists of a sixteen-member core ensemble, and is made up of the most proficient student instrumentalists and singers in the Butler School of Music.
A ten-season alumnus of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Richard Fracker is currently associate professor of voice (tenor) and Area Chair of Vocal Arts at the Michigan State University College of Music.
The Nilsson Lecture was founded through the generosity of Dr. David O. Nilsson, a retired mathematics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, independent scholar and Henrik Ibsen aficionado.
Also be sure to see the exhibit of Dylan Thomas materials generously mounted by the HRC.
The event takes place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 20 at the Fine Arts Library.
Please RSVP to (512)495-4363 or email@example.com if you would like to attend.
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The Fine Arts Library is now the proud owner of a KIC scanner. This is a no funds required scanner. Scan right to a usb drive or email the scan to yourself. Here’s how: http://wiki.lib.utexas.edu/hdi/pmwiki.php/Main/HowDoIUseTheKICScanner.
Check out the Recent Arrivals shelves on the entrance floor of the Fine Arts Library. Wonderful new books appear each week on photography, dance, theater, film, music and art. Enjoy!
Freelance journalist Barbara Kelves of Dallas draws attention to an aspect of the Google books digitization project that appears to have been overlooked. Such journalists and authors could lose whatever earnings they are entitled to upon reproduction of their articles.
the FAL drop box closes over the holiday
you may return material at PCL between Friday the 21st until the 2nd of Jan 2013.
for more information please see: http://lib.utexas.edu/services/borrower/returning.html
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