Some Reasons Why People Make Themselves Into Writing Devices:

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
¯ Anne Frank

“If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad."
- George Gordon Lord Byron

“You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got something to say."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”
– Flannery O’Connor

Selected Works

A chilling, heart-rending story of slaves and slave owners during the fall of Richmond.
Fast-paced and hilarious, Basnight's debut makes the most of its offbeat crew and a New York locale.
Kirkus, February 15, 2012

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(Can you name the writers pictured with their writing instruments? See bottom of list for help.)


********* Pre-History (40,000 Years Ago) *******

Ochre Iron Oxide, Believed Put in the Mouth, then Spit Around the Authors' Hand Prints on Cave Wall

********* Ancient Egypt (5,500 Years Ago) ******

3: Reed Brush on Papyrus

********** Incan Empire (15th Century) *********

Quipu, Writing with Knots

*********** Early 17th Century *********

Quill Pen (Unknown Fowl)

*********** 20th Century **********

Fountain Pen (Unknown Model)

Remington Noiseless Portable

Fountain Pen (Unknown Model)

Remington Standard (Understroke)

Pencil (1941)

Ballpoint Pen (Unknown Model)

Remington Victor T

Royal KHM

IBM Model C

Underwood Noiseless Portable

Pencil and Corona Sterling

Underwood Noiseless Standard

Olympia SM3

Torpedo 18

Royal 10

Royal Arrow

Smith Corona

Triumph Gabriele


Olivetti Lettera 32

Royal KMG

Royal Arrow (Again)

Hermes 2000

Ballpoint Pen (Unidentified Model)

Olympia SM3 (Again)

Rheinmetall KsT

IBM Electric Model C

Royal KMM

Olivetti Studio 44

Royal HH

IBM Wheelwriter

Adler Tippa S

Olympia SM3 (Third Time)

Early Macintosh

************21st Century***********

Writing Tablet

************ The Above Pictured Writers **********

1. Anonymous (early) Homo Sapiens Writers' Hands

2. Anonymous Egyptian Scribes in Service to the Pharaoh

3. Anonymous Incan Scribes (Pre-Columbian)

4. William Shakespeare (The Bard)

5. H. G. Wells

6. G. B. Shaw

7. W. Somerset Maugham

8. H. L. Mencken

9. Anne Frank

10. George Orwell

11. Agatha Christie

12. William Faulkner

13. John Steinbeck

14. Ernest Hemingway (Papa)

15. Tennessee Williams

16. JFK

17. Carson McCullers

18. Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez

19. Ayn Rand

20. Ernest Hemingway (Again)

21. Arthur Miller

22. Ian Fleming

23. James Baldwin

24. John Cheever

25. Saul Bellow

26. Richard Wright

27. Sylvia Plath

28. Joyce Carol Oates

29. John Updike

30. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

31. Alex Haley (w/​Malcolm X)

32. Rod Serling

33. Ralph Ellison

34. Truman Capote

35. Elmore Leonard

36. Stanley Kubrick

37. Woody Allen

38. Isabel Allende

39. Anonymous Writer's Hands (Again)