Sunday, March 07, 2010

Why You Really Should Send That Letter

The tongue is prone to lose the way,
not so the pen, for in a letter
we have not better things to say,
but surely say them better.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


At 1:18 PM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

You know, we hear all these comments lately that the internet is destroying this or that, books, literature, literacy itself. The rapid changing of the face of publishing is seen as either the end of all things, or the beginning.

BUt I've maintained for years that the Internet has done at least one very good thing: Email has revived the art of correspondence. People now write to each other, myself included, who formerly found it hard to even post a postcard. It's easier then picking up a pen, and finding a stamp. It really has made more people write letters than used to.

Additionally, perhaps the blog has helped revive the art of the essay, especially the personal essay.

So I take Emerson to apply to email, not just quills and inks and fine papers. Although I like those, too.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I quite agree.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger June Calender said...

A quote that will go into my little book of quotes and be repeated, I suspect, many times in the future. Thanks for adding it here.

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Kass said...

I agree with Art. I have found tremendous benefit in what the internet has afforded me and many others.

At 9:59 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks, ladies.

At 6:07 AM, Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

There is nothing like a considered response. That's what you're getting right now. I'm pausing just now, rereading what I've written. Perhaps I'll change a word or two here or start afresh. Or maybe wait till later and give the matter some more thought. Or I could just decide that I've made my point and post this as it stands.

Yes, I do believe I've said what I meant to say. I'll let it stand.

At 7:30 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

And not a single typo, either!


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