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Humanist Archives: July 12, 2020, 1:41 p.m. Humanist 34.162 - communication

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 162.
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        Date: 2020-07-12 12:16:06+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: intimate and fast

In the London Review of Books, in her reflections on the change in our
communicative habits, Rebecca Solnit recalls the days (until 1995, she
says) when postal letters were common. Then the great change:

 > Letters morphed into emails, and for a long time emails had all the
 > depth and complexity of letters. They were a beautiful new form that
 > spliced together the intimacy of what you might write from the heart
 > with the speed of telegraphs. Then emails deteriorated into something
 > more like text messages...

This intimate and fast style began and remains Humanist's. My hope is
that it survives us all, alongside the exchange of 'information'.

Solnit's article, "In the Day of the Postman" (2013), may be found at


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