Uncommon Type Themes & Motifs

Hanks, Tom
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Typewriter

The typewriter is the common symbol found across Uncommon Type, giving the collection its name. The machine sometimes presents itself as the focus of the short story and sometimes is just mentioned in passing. Clearly a supporter of the now outdated device, Hanks seamlessly weaves its presence into the core of the collection. Perhaps the most typewriter-advocating story is “These Are the Meditations of My Heart” in which a young woman who purchased a “toy” typewriter is talked into buying a real one by an avid, screaming shop owner (231). The old man declares about the apparatus, “they were meant to last forever!” (232).

“A Junket in the City of Light” does not mention the good or bad characteristics of the typewriter or give an opinion on why or why not one should use one. Rather, there is simply a good amount of text to read that was...

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