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Against Snail Mail [Nov. 17th, 2017|12:59 pm]
Tony Grist
In the days of pen and ink Robert Louis Stevenson and Vincent Van Gogh and a few others wrote letters that were worth holding onto and even- eventually- publishing between hard covers- but most of us didn't. Most of us wrote letters that were pedestrian, laboured, dutiful,  guarded and no more substantial than today's texts and emails. I've been sorting through the correspondence of the ages that has piled up in bureaux in this house and it makes me happy we no longer use snail mail. It takes much less resolve  to wipe an email than it does to throw away a handwritten letter and seems much less like slapping the sender in the face...


[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-11-17 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes. I find it very hard to throw away handwritten letters. I have a few stored away. I rather liked writing letters all those years ago...and receiving them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-17 04:38 pm (UTC)
I used to like getting letters. Writing them was hard work.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2017-11-18 07:33 pm (UTC)
I have a Fujitsu Scansnap duplex scanner. Correspondance gets shoved into the hopper, turned into high-quality PDFs, and shredded.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-18 07:47 pm (UTC)
That's neat. :)
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