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'Airmail' and 'Here and Now' Reviewed by Alice Gregory | New Republic
"Writing well, after all—with expressive honesty and inventive humor—to people you are not romantically pursuing is one of the most undervalued methods of improving daily life."
newrepublic  airmail  here_and_now  alice_gregory  book  review  writing  writer  correspondence  letter  epistolary  2013  2010s  2000s  1960s  james_joyce  paul_auster  j.m._coetzee  poet  robert_bly  tomas_transtromer  translation  language 
june 2013 by cluebucket
The River | The Hairpin
"I don’t remember if I wrote that I had a boyfriend, or if I said my dad was rich, or what other lies I may have told. I do remember loving how I controlled the story of my life. My pen pals had no way of knowing that all of my pants were too short and my glasses too thick and I liked to stay indoors at recess and just read, because if I went outside the other kids threw kickballs at my head. They only knew what I told them: I ate bacon for breakfast, my favorite color was green, I got a Paula Abdul tape for Easter. I just told a few good details and left the rest unsaid, the way you reply when you’ve been on a disappointing vacation but don’t want to seem ungrateful when someone asks you about it."
ann_friedman  iowa  america  river  penpal  mail  correspondence  letter  thehairpin  2012  2010s  writing  childhood  internet  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Wise Letters: How to Go On With a Letter
"Charles Dodgson—AKA Lewis Carroll—gives us advice about writing letters that may be satirical but also might not be."
dear old timer,
lewis_carroll  advice  writing  letter  guide  mail  correspondence  hoboes  1870s  1880s  1890s  how_to 
october 2011 by cluebucket

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