Sunday, January 20, 2013

Letter Writing a disappearing genre?

I enjoy reading collections of letters, especially between literary personages. Currently I am reading the letters of Patrick White (Australian writer) and those of Philp Larkin (UK Poet/librarian).

With the widespread use of email these days it appears that the age of the letter is in decline. eMail is no substitute as by its nature it tends to lead itself to short messages. Maybe the pressured lifestyle we live in the 2010's mitigates against the leisure needed to write meaty letters.

Maybe the blogpost with associated comments will take the place of the letter.

I am as guilty as anyone as I have not written a physical letter for some years.

Should we revive this custom of letter writing or move on?


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