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In potentially good news for the ailing United States Postal Service, 2012 is turning into a year of grassroots letter-writing campaigns, like the directly named Facebook group “Save the U.S. Postal Service by Writing More Letters.” But at least two schemes to revive the epistolary art have been hatched by accomplished authors.
For $5 a month, readers of the Web site The Rumpus can receive a new letter every week or so from writers including Dave Eggers, Jonathan Ames, Aimee Bender and The Rumpus’s editor in chief Stephen Elliott, who came up with the idea. With about 1,800 subscribers already signed up, the notes aren’t personalized, but they don’t exactly read like form letters either. Writer and adult-film actress Lorelei Lee’s 15-page missive was hand-written, and included marginal doodles and scratched-out words.
“Authors are really into this because it’s such a creative form,” Mr. Elliott said. “And it’s such a powerful direct link between authors and readers. Also, most authors include a return address and people write them back, a lot, which is incredibly gratifying.” ...NYT