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Stacy Elaine Dacheux’s Series Featuring Typewriter-Written Status Updates

Stacy Elaine Dacheux

Do you have an old type­writer? Where did you find it? Off Craiglist? Did you inher­it it? If I had one, I wouldn’t let it go. Yeah, I real­ize it’s a nov­el­ty now, this aes­thet­ic, but I still love it.  And, peo­ple don’t use it just to make things look twee. Take Stacey Elaine Dacheux, for instance. She used her type­writer to record her life. Instead of broad­cast­ing it all through social media, she pecked away at some­thing old­er. She explains:

For the mon­th of Novem­ber, instead of wak­ing up each morn­ing and log­ging onto Face­book, I sat at the round­about in the mid­dle of my street, typ­ing sta­tus updates on my type­writer from 8 am — 9 am.

There, I logged into my actu­al com­mu­ni­ty, engaged with neigh­bors, report­ed on find­ings, and mailed off sta­tus updates in the tra­di­tion­al post.

That’s how the series the round­about was formed. After she was done writ­ing, she cut up what she wrote and sent it on col­laged hand­made post­cards through the snail mail. They are what you see here. If you’re inter­est­ed in read­ing more about Dacheux, her project was also fea­tured in the LA Times.

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