July 23rd, 2018

Ironweed continues

The Hudson Valley retyping cycle ends this week at Art Omi with a youthful audience. Youd is finishing the final pages of William Kennedy’s Ironweed today and then begins retyping Kennedy’s screenplay adaptation of the novel today through Thursday. One of the highlights was when Kennedy himself stopped by and tested out the typewriter.




July 16th, 2018

Ironweed retyping has begun

Youd began retyping William Kennedy’s best-known novel, Ironweed, on Sunday. Here he is typing at an L.C. Smith and Corona, the typewriter Kennedy used to write his first five novels. Born in Albany in 1928, Kennedy often wrote about Albany’s rich history and looked to its  residents for inspiration.

For more images, check out this coverage in the Albany Times Union.

July 13th, 2018

New completed work

Youd completed the retyping of another novel in the Hudson Valley Cycle today. A snapshot of the diptych, finished a few hours ago, can be seen below.

Next up is William Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Ironweed, set in Albany. Youd will begin retyping it at the Albany Institute on July 15th.


James Salter’s Light Years; 308 pages retyped on an IBM Selectric III at the Thomas Cole House; Catskill, NY; July 3-13, 2018


July 9th, 2018

Thomas Cole’s stunning view

Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole lived and worked in Catskill in the 19th century. When you visit his home you can see why he was so inspired by the landscape of the region. This week, Youd is retyping Light Years by James Salter with Cole’s view in the background. See for yourself why so many artists and writers gravitate to the area and make it the subject of their work. Youd will be on the grounds of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site all week until he finishes the novel around lunchtime on Friday.

July 6th, 2018

Light Years

James Salter’s Light Years is a perfect summer novel about life in the Hudson Valley. According to the New York Times, “The evocation of the primeval Hudson at the beginning brings to mind the famous passage on Long Island and the Sound in The Great Gatsby.” Youd is retyping it this week and next at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Here is a shot of the work in progress.

June 28th, 2018

In the news again

Gearing up for retyping Ironweed by William Kennedy, the Albany Times Union ran a story this week about Youd’s Hudson Valley activities.

Here’s a link to the article.




June 27th, 2018

Jack by A.M. Homes retyped

A.M.Homes’s Jack; 220 pages, was retyped on an IBM Selectric III at Sarah Lawrence College; Yonkers, NY; June 20-27, 2018.

Jack was written when Homes was just 19 and attending Sarah Lawrence.

Next up – Light Years by James Salter at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill begins July 3rd!

June 26th, 2018

Three finished works

Youd has been typing up a storm this summer and there are a few new diptychs to show for it. Below are the finished works for The Group by Mary McCarthy typed in April and May at Vassar College, Falconer by John Cheever typed at Sing Sing prison in Ossining earlier this month, and The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers typed in Nyack last week. Each one has it’s own unique style and they are stunning in person. The fourth image shows a detail of the top sheet for Falconer where you can get a sense of the ripple on the paper and the sheen of the ink but nothing compares to the real thing.

These works will be sent off to the framer soon to prepare them for the exhibition at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center opening in August.

Next up will be Jack by A.M. Homes slated to be completed later this week. Typing is happening at Sarah Lawrence College during the Writing Institute’s Summer Workshop!

June 17th, 2018

Perfect weather for typing on the porch

The typing continues at the Carson McCullers House in Nyack today.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there, including the artist – father of five!


June 15th, 2018

Pickwick !

Youd has set up shop at Pickwick Book Shop in Nyack to continue typing The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. You can catch him there today and tomorrow.

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