Sticky Situation

I am usually reluctant to buy frivolous things. Call me thrifty. Or an anti-consumerist. Or maybe just cheap. So when I saw TapeSwell products at a store recently, my mail sending heart sang but my wallet stayed shut. I can live vicariously through you if you give or receive their stuff as holiday gifts. Or buy some supplies to spruce up your holiday packages that will be sent by post. I just might.

3. TapeSwell decorative packing tape and envelope labels.

So cute!


World’s Smallest Post Service

All I want for Christmas is a tiny letter from the World’s Smallest Post Service. If there is someone on your holiday gift list who likes mail and very small objects, send some text to Lea Redmond of Leafcutter Designs and she will send you back a tiny piece of custom mail. Or you can receive a tiny package. So cute! So clever! I think I am in love.

2. Tiny letter from the World’s Smallest Post Service


Tis the season.

Every year the winter holidays sneak up on me. It will be December in a minute so I guess I will make some Viva Snail Mail holiday gift suggestions. Here we go.

1. Greetings from the Ocean’s Sweaty Face

100 postcards for 20 bucks? In a blue box with little tabbed sections? Published by McSweeney’s, featuring artwork by a bunch of oddballs? This has got to be the most perfect VSM gift of all time. After all the postcards are sent, the box can continue as postcard collection storage. I want.


Letters by Saul Bellow

The other night in my building’s laundry room I picked up a copy of Saul Bellow’s 1961 novel, Herzog. While I waited for my clothes to finish drying I got drawn in to the world of Moses Herzog, a man who had “fallen under a spell and was writing letters to everyone under the sun.”

So it was quite serendipitous that in today’s New York Times there is a review of a new book of Saul Bellow’s letters, edited by Benjamin Taylor. While Herzog never mailed his rants, Bellow was an active correspondent, writing letters throughout his life. I think the two books will be interesting reading companions.


Photo of Saul Bellow by Kevin Horan/Time Life Pictures, via Getty Images