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Life before texting

November 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Fun and Humor, Technology, Writing

phone message screen Texting is probably the easiest way to get in touch with someone. Have a question about your math homework? Text your friend. Going to stay late at school? Text your parents. There are even “text a librarian” services out there if you have a reference question (we don’t have that yet, but you can always give us a ring when we’re open.) Before texting (or even emailing), people wrote letters to each other. A cool website called Letters of Note has collected about 900 of these letters, both handwritten and typed. You can browse by author or date. It’s sort of like peeking into someone’s diary and is a fascinating way to spend some time. Here’s one that is sort of sad but sweet: Fiona Apple writing about her dog who is very sick.

The letters date from pre-1600 to the 2000s. I don’t recommend looking at the website if you have something urgent to do because the letters are amazing! Enjoy.