Saturday, November 22, 2008

it was the snow that told me

I very much miss real letters.
I've thought of sponsoring their renaissance myself.

From the point of origin that would be fine.

But how would the person receiving the letter feel?
Does putting something down on paper make it seem more recorded?
Will it seem like the writer is trying to make some larger point,
ie have real letters become high-falutin?
Does this matter?

I shouldn't let this stop me.

The only other consideration is that without practice my handwriting has grown hideous.


Dave said...

At Postal Poetry, we've been soliciting for real postcards since we started in late August. We have yet to receive a single one.

Valerie Loveland said...

People act like I'm weird when I send them an actual letter. I have a lot of cool stationery, so it's their loss, I guess.

Peter said...

Whenever I receive a letter, which was rare enough before the Internet, I felt as if good manners required me to respond by the same medium. I'd feel a little guilty, in other words. I think I'd feel the same thing today, and it might be a stronger feeling since I am so much out of the habit of writing letters.

My parents, who are in their eighties, have never touched a computer, and they send me letters. I bought them a gizmo, however, that allows them to receive printed versions of my email. We cut a deal: they write me letters, and I email them.

I think people would have to to talk through a regular correspondence in letters in this day and age for it to work.

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