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What Do We Lose When We Stop Sending Love Letters?

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“I do not mourn the death of the printed letter in a snobby, East Coast, patrician way—’Where have our manners gone?’—but because I love objects, I love paper, and I love something that I can hold to my chest for a moment.”

Writing for Vogue, Jami Attenberg mourns the decline of our romantic correspondence. First our letters turned to emails and then our emails turned to texts. It is a confusing time we live in, and a cold one. “Few people,” she notes, “say ‘sweetheart’ when they’re sexting.”