Kent Haruf pulled a wool cap over his eyes when he sat down at his manual typewriter each morning so he could “write blind.”
Mr. Haruf, who wrote the novel, Plainsong, among others, died at age 71. Also from his obit:
After Mr. Haruf finished his first drafts, usually well before lunch, he would pull back his cap and take a look.
“He only got off home row a couple of times and typed gobbledygook,” Mrs. Haruf recalled. “That’s not bad for all those years.”
Imagine how well he would have typed without the cap over his eyes.