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Rick Moody
Tale of the dueling typewriter apps
Tale of the dueling typewriter apps

Welcome to the technological frontier of 2014: Dueling typewriter apps for the iPad. Our first contender, Hanx Writer, topped iTunes charts in its first two weeks. It comes from Tom Hanks -- yes, the Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. What does a big box-office star have to do with tyepwriters? Well, he really likes them. He collects them. Of the app, he says, “With Hanx Writer, you’ll hear the rhythm of your work with SHOOK SHOOK or FITT-FITT.” That's typewriter love. The upstart rival, Typing Writer, was launched in July by The Rumpus. The literary website's founder, Stephen Elliott, teamed up with Eli Horowitz, Chris Ying and Russell Quinn (McSweeney's,...