I've missed you.
I was just talking to my fascinating friend Karen Sweetman Hunter. You can read about her here:
She is going abroad soon. Brave, beautiful Karen. And we were talking about how we are going to keep in touch, and I brought up the subject of snail mail.
So Karen and I thought maybe we could make a promise, three actual letters a year. Three actual times of holding the letter in your hands. Opening it, feeling it, smelling it. experiencing it...
Reading my absolutely fucking awful handwriting and thinking jeezus woman...
And then I thought, what about my other friends? Are you up for it? I will write to you, I promise, three times a year, if you write to me three times a year. I might not manage more than three times though!
There are two rules.
1. You send at least three snail mail letters a year. And yes, a postcard counts too. Doesn't have to be a long letter. Can be a few a lines. Can be four or forty pages.
2. If you receive a letter you must reply BY SNAIL MAIL within 14 days of opening it. Up to three. After that you get to be more slack. The only penalty is me giving you a hard time. But, to be fair, I am quite good at that.
Nobody will make you pay a fine if you stuff up. But you will know I am deeply disappointed in you...
Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to exchange snail mail addresses.
I miss all y'all.
* Haruki Murakami