'Notes From A Public Typewriter' Muse On Everything From Cats To Commencement

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When it's closing time at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, co-owner Michael Gustafson runs through a checklist that, for the most part, is pretty routine. First, make sure all the customers have gone, lock the doors and take out the garbage and the recycling. Shelve any stray books, adjust the tables, turn off the music. Then, after closing out the registers, Gustafson descends one last time to the store's lower level, the part of the bookstore stuffed with volumes on cooking and gardening, travel and history. And he sits down at an old typewriter to read the notes the day's customers have left behind. On busy days, there are dozens and dozens of them. "It's sort of detective work," Gustafson tells NPR's Ari Shapiro. "I read every single...

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'Notes From A Public Typewriter' Muse On Everything From Cats To Commencement

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