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Podcast: The Art of Letter-Writing, with Donovan Beeson
How many letters have you written in the past year? Not emails, and not greeting cards or thank-you notes, but honest-to-goodness handwritten letters? If the answer is "Now many", that's not surprising. With the advent of email and social media, we're doing more speedy communicating with each other than ever, but the slow, thoughtful nature of letters is getting lost.
My guest for this show is Donovan Beeson, who co-founded the Letter Writer's Alliance – a worldwide group with over 2,000 members and counting. Donovan and Kathy Zadrony offer pen pal connections, downloadable stationery, and both online and real-life camaraderie to letter-lovers everywhere.
Donovan also maintains the INtangible Blog, which is 100% hand-lettered and hand-drawn. It celebrates her love of vintage post-office goodies and interesting ephemera.
This show is actually about a great many things: it's about why letter-writing is beneficial, but it's also about what online communication does well. It's about mail art, and how a well-decorated letter actually touches many more people than whoever it's addressed to. Donovan and I also talk about letter-writing socials, mailable carrier pigeons, and perfection in blogs vs. the honesty of errors.
Here, I'll mail you some links:
• Here's Donovan's hand-written blog, the INtangible Blog. Always a lovely read.
• Join the Letter Writer's Alliance to connect with other letter-writers.
• If you want to spend some happy hours perusing postal history and beautiful old typewriters, look no further than Donovan's Flickr stream.
• If you're curious about postal art, check out Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler.
• Here's the Love Letters project Donovan mentioned in the interview.