On Saving Letters


PBS Newshour’s Zoe Pollock holds an epistolary interview with New Yorker editor Ben Greenmen concerning his new collection of epistolary fiction, What He’s Poised to Do.

Things get epistly real quick: Greenman, the former New Times film critic, discusses the impalpable nature of the digital age, reminds us what we lost when we stopped writing with pens and pencils and meditates on the origin of his impulse to write (1: Fight boredom, 2: Avoid misunderstanding).  Interestingly, Pollock writes that, in an exercise of purposeful circumlocution, she and Greenman wrote their letters (on typewriters), scanned them and then emailed them to each other.

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