On 25 March 1997, Jonas Mekas found a dusty roll of computer paper under his desk. It had been lying there for a while and had slipped his mind. He stretched the paper into his beloved Olympia De Luxe, on which he had typed all kinds of texts with his two index fingers for so many years: his diaries, poems, Movie Journal columns, interviews, manifestos, and letters to his friends. The roll of papier had to be used, and Mekas began to write a text on it that was quite unusual for him: a novel. Requiem for a Manual Typewriter is a hymn of praise to his Olympia De Luxe, which he uses to practice writing in the moment, describing the present on a maschine that was already considered technologically outdated.