I like everything about this idea. I’ve even thought about doing something similar. This is the power of story + people, connecting. One of the things I like most about a typewriter is that it is immediate gratification, while ironically, slowing down time. What I mean by that is that I cannot type on a typewriter near as fast as I can my computer and I have to be more deliberate because once that key pounds the page, there is no going back. No delete. No Spellcheck. Thus, it slows my process — but just like the Polaroid, I get to have it in my hot little hands immediately after I rip it out from the carriage. The words don’t just sit on a digital page, never meeting the 8.5 by 11 white space they should call home. And this guy gets that. (Oh, and how brave to engage with strangers!!!)
There is also a great little bit on the website about cyber bullying and the author’s attempt to navigate those rough waters.