It has never been serviced or cleaned other than blowing out the dust with a service station hose. ... I have typed on this typewriter every book I have written including three not published. Including all drafts and correspondence I would put this at about five million words over a period of 50 years.I don't think I can better Patricia Cohen's headline in The New York Times - No Country for Old Typewriters. Yes, this is Cormac McCarthy's machine we're talking about, a :
portable Olivetti manual typewriter he bought in a Knoxville, Tenn., pawnshop around 1963 for $50on which he has written, among much else :
more than a dozen novels, several screenplays, two plays, two short stories, countless drafts, letters.It's now being auctioned off after McCarthy's friend and colleague John Miller offered to replace the aging machine. The proceeds will go the Santa Fe institute which both work for.
The replacement McCarthy selected is ... a used portable Olivetti which cost around $11.
There's a lot to admire in the simplicity of that, I think.