Writing Wrongs

Some of my favourite femail exchanges are with my mom. She’s hilarious, wicked smart, and ruthlessly compassionate. With mother’s day having just passed, it’s only appropriate to share a recent conversation. From: Dena Date: Mon, May 15, 2017 at 8:30 PM Subject: Writing wrongs – appropriate appropriation? To: Mom Canadian lit had a bit of…

What About the Children?!!! (And Other Anxiety About Climate Change)

Courtney is the mother of a beautiful daughter; and as mothers do, she dreams of who her child will be, how her daughter will live her life, and how much her daughter’s world will have changed from the one she lives in today. Here’s to a femail on the future:   From: Lindsey Date: Mon, Apr 15, 2017 at…

Message Threads #FTW

This month marks my three year anniversary of expat life having lived in the Philippines, Samoa, Egypt and Switzerland since leaving the States in May 2014. My life is certainly atypical in this way, and while my travels have generated great photo ops on Instagram, I think it is always important to remember that life…

Dominance & Submission

Charlene and Betty met in the second grade by the tree outside of Mrs. Reed’s red front door. They have no memory of what was discussed (and truthfully, Betty has no recollection of it at all), but what began was a long succession of conversations about everything under the sun. A few weeks ago, Betty…

Chemistry

Sheikh and Courtney met in New York City in June 2009 and all summer they exchanged daily emails from work before meeting up and wandering the city together.  Though now they are married and living together in Seattle, when they need to unwrap a thought, they still send each other an email.  This is one…

I Lost My Job. Again.

I really wish this wasn’t the update I had to write you after a long time of no update, but I was let go from my job AGAIN.

Some airplane reading for you (cont’d)

As promised, the following is Johanna’s response to yesterday’s aptly-argued prequel. Enjoy! ________________________ From: GUSMAN, Johanna Sent: 19 December 2016 14:15 To: —– Subject: RE: Some airplane reading for you —–, I agree, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ strength of writing comes exactly from that combination of sharp socio-political commentary mixed with enviable levels of personal vulnerability (can you even…

Some airplane reading for you

The following is an exchange with one of my favorite intellectual sparing partners whose emails never fail to disappoint. In order to respect the anonymity of this friend, references to identity have been redacted, but the overall banter remains intact. Here’s how a particularly thought-provoking email chain began…  Oh and P.S., look for my sweet response to be posted here, tomorrow….

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Long ago, there were items of intrigue called pens. And long ago, humans utilized these pens to write letters.