The Atlantic has a nice piece up today about Linotype machines, the backbone of the 20th century newspaper industry, with their distinctive keyboards and “kachunka” noises. The article makes mention of a 1979 Texas Monthly article about typesetters, which is worth a look as well. As a final cherry on top, the author recalls Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom novels, whose protagonist worked as a typesetter, and whose occupation loomed large in Rabbit Redux.. The definition of a good Sunday read.
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