Monday, September 18, 2006

antique spam

Today I hand wrote 43 letters about my book to 43 high-falutin' hoopty-do people. Most of the letters said exactly the same thing. It took me hours and hours.

The idea is that they'll open up the package with the book and they'll see this handwritten note on personal stationary and they'll stop for a second because it's so rare to get something handwritten. It'll be a split second of intimacy between strangers. And hopefully one or a few of the words I wrote in those notes will resonate in that instant of attention so that the famous or powerful recipient will be inspired to give the book a little bit longer look. Maybe they'll read the blurbs on the cover. Or perhaps open up to the first page, skim the first paragraph. The might even get hooked, and stay up until 3 a.m. reading.

One can only hope.

But the point is, all this for some relatively sloppy handwriting. Are we all that automatized? Is handwriting now that precious?

Cross-X by Joe Miller


Lora said...

In this day of email and impersonaliazed typewritten correspondence, even from vendors with whom you do business, sent in such mass that there is a special class of postage for it all, the personal touch CAN make a difference. Albiet, a difference to only a few (perhaps those who still write personal thank you notes), those few could mean a lot to you. Am I showing my age??

trAcy said...

this may sound mean, but when i get hand-written things in the printed/typed/electronic business realm, i usually wonder what's wrong with the person's technology access.

then again, they are not deliberate, they are people who truly don't have or use keyboards (except sometimes that of a courier-tapping machine).

what usually matters most to me is the size of the paper. standard is preferred, for filing.

ginak said...

yes, it is that precious! handwriting should be on the list of endangered species. i don't even think they teach cursive any more.