This day symbolically bridges the old and the new, however arbitrary that may be. Spring buds and back to school are much more useful indicators of the new for me. In any case FOUR friends alerted me to Roger Angell’s “Life and Letters” piece in this week’s New Yorker that nostalgically looks back at the importance of paper mail. A lovely companion piece is Pico Iyer’s “The Joy of Quiet” in today’s New York Times, about the future and how we just might adjust our screen time to better serve our selves.
So in with the old, out with the new? Not quite. I stand by my belief that we can make room in our electronic lives for paper mail. We can aspire for balance between the best of then and now. And whatever will be next.
Viva Snail Mail!