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Daniel Koepke

I was just discussing this loss of personal correspondence in the future. When modern artists and authors die, I doubt we'll be able to explore their inboxes as easily as a box of old letters.

A few months ago, I started exchanging letters with a few like-minded friends. And mine are composed on a manual typewriter, no less. There is certainly a unique and wonderful feeling when you open up your mailbox and discover a letter (no matter the method it was written). Even if you have nothing to say, a written letter is a marvelous thing.

E-mail is a great tool, but hardly anyone reads them. Skimming is more accurate. We probably get more out of texting than e-mail.

And I love technology and the instant access to information, but there is a line. A line where we become less human by choosing to socialize and communicate through a device instead of face-to-face.

I'm firmly planted in both worlds, though. And I wish I had some solution, but I don't.

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