I found this on Thought Catalog:
I believe that when men and women receive a love letter it is the only situation in which they make an effort to read better than they usually do. When they read a love letter, they read for all they are worth. They read every word more than once; they read between the lines and margins; they read the whole in terms of their parts, and each part in terms of the whole. They are sensitive to context and ambiguity and feel the weight of sentences. They may even take the punctuation seriously.
The writer has written almost 400 letters to strangers this year alone. Talk about being prolific. It started after a bout of loneliness following his college graduation.
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I’d written loads of letters since I was 14. Being a boarder, it was the cheaper alternative to long distance phone calls. Then I went to Japan and most of my friends were either here or in other parts of the world, which meant more letters. Until email started to become a viable mode of communication that is.
I think it’s really difficult to write a good letter now, because the process of putting thoughts to paper has been replaced by too many ‘instants’. SMS, BBM, other messaging platforms and Twitter. All so-called real time communication, rapid and in your face.
I’d still love to receive a letter, though.