Samara O'Shea

The Death of Letter-Writing

Excellent piece in the Times about letter-writing and how writers once used it as a warm up or cool down for their other literary pursuits. Here’s a snippet:

“Before the advent of email, many writers maintained a healthy relationship with their correspondence; they found letter writing to be a useful complement to their main literary projects. Letters were not only a way to stay in touch with colleagues or test out ideas and themes on the page, but also a valuable method of easing into and out of a state of mind where they could pursue more daunting and in-depth writing.”