Richard Price’s Times Square Typist
When I interviewed Richard Price this summer, I learned that he hand-wrote every novel until Lush Life (he now works on a Macbook). I then asked how he managed to submit a typed manuscript to the publisher if he only had pen and paper at his disposal. His answer takes you straight back into a 1980s New York City that is still full of surprises:
I used to go to a typing service in Times Square, Studio Duplicating Service, and basically that’s where all the screenwriters would go, and their typists were sort of out-of-work actors for the most part, and they would go into their warrens and just type all night … I had a relationship with this one typist there, who was an actress, probably 25 years ago. Up until I started using a computer she typed everything, everything. She typed every screenplay, every novel, every journalistic piece I’ve ever done. She could read my handwriting, which was insane, and she never made a mistake, and I would just pay her and she’d do it, she’d be fast, and I’d turn in the manuscript that she typed up.