From the November/December, 2010 issue of Touchstone
Special Delivery by D. Andrew Jones

Special Delivery

D. Andrew Jones on Why I Don’t Handwrite Notes & Letters

Handwritten letters are considered an antiquarian art, a relic of days gone by, like rotary-dial phones and push-button cash registers. They’ve become an endangered species, being steadily eradicated by technology, laziness, and sound bites. Even if I wanted to write one, I’m not sure I have stationary, envelopes, or stamps on hand.

I recently noticed that the Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis has been published. In the future, will they publish the Collected Emails, Texts, and Tweets of notable individuals? It is difficult to capture, but the letter crafted by hand has a personal and emotional quality that our m . . .


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