Marginalia: Letter-writing Practices and Rituals

Still, it seems that there are plenty of us who miss physical letters, along with all the specific rituals that the acts of both their writing and their receiving/reading involve (and that just cannot be duplicated or replaced entirely by electronic communication). One such person is writer and radio broadcaster, Hazel Kahan. Hazel reached out to me earlier this year to have a conversation on radio about our various letter-writing habits, rituals and thoughts on how it has been an integral part of our lives. Last week, an edited version of this conversation aired on her monthly radio program, Tidings, on WPKN 89.5 FM.


Marginalia: Stories We Tell About Ourselves

Earlier this month, on This American Life on NPR, Ira Glass, the host, featured an economist's story of how he made it to Harvard with some pretty rough odds. Emir Kamenica's story was in Acts 2 and 3 of the Sep 6 episode and was told with the help of author, journalist and storyteller extraordinaire, … Continue reading Marginalia: Stories We Tell About Ourselves