Hard to believe, but true. Nietzsche used a typewriter (cue PhD thesis?). This bit of information comes from Joan Acocella's interesting review of Darren Wershler-Henry's The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting. Actually, it may not be true that Nietzsche used his typewriter - I emailed Brian Leiter who is an expert on Nietzsche about this, and he replied:
'I'm pretty sure it's inaccurate - I know of no type-written Nietzsche manuscripts'
Does anyone know of evidence to the contrary?
Acocella has a nice bit at the end of the piece about the experience of writing on a computer compared with writing on a typewriter . As I read it I could hear the satisfying clatter of keys, the reassuring end-of-line ping, and the whirr of the cogs as I removed the typed sheet of paper (even the noise of crumpled paper and the parabola of the innacurate lob to the wastebasket all came back). People are making a lot of the death of the book these days (perhaps prematurely). But the typewriter is dead and a whole range of sensual experiences connected with old-style writing will be almost meaningless to the next generation...
Listen to Brian Leiter on Nietzsche.