Monday, October 12, 2009

10/12/'09 Five Minute Riffs

The Wall Street Journal reports on the —if not demise, at least a movement away from emailing as a means of communication. It seems that Facebook and Tweeter are now preferred. I rue the day that the letter died away. I love reading the correspondence between two erudite individuals. People who took the time to consider what they wrote, who reflected on their sentences—even thought about the right word. Now in 180 characters words are spewed out with a rapidity that negates any reflection. You and your best friends and all those others who love reading the minutia of life read your words.

I recall a time when I corresponded with twenty people, jotting down in a notebook when I received a letter and when I responded. One friend, my literary friend, often told me about books and her take on a particular author. She introduced me to Flannery O'Connor. We shared thoughts and reflections on writing.

This brave new world wants immediate responses and rapid fire nuggets of vapid prose.

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