Monday, December 13th, 2010

Old-School Letter Writers? Way Worse Than Blog Commenters

They say blog commenters are the worst people ever. But "they" have never worked at a magazine or newspaper. Here's New York magazine columnist Will Leitch's snailmail correspondence today.

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mathnet (#27)

I am a total sexist because my first reaction was, that's a lady's handwriting. There are ladies who care enough about this shit to write a letter?

pepper (#676)

I get those too. So charming. And oddly, the envelopes never have a return address.

Spiers (#12)

Most of the ones I've received with actual return addresses have been mailed from one of our country's fine penitentiary facilities.

Between high school and college, I handled public comments for a piece of Fisheries legislation… they get even crazier/angrier when it involves: a) any kind of government oversight or b) one's livelihood.

tuntastica (#9,011)


@tuntastica Nope :( Boring old USA

tuntastica (#9,011)

oh .. "fisheries legislation" defines my tiny island nation.

Ah, but did he use his real name? That's the important thing!

I hate cowards who hurl insults while hiding behind fake names. Fuck you, cowards!

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I'm a Puke Pagan fan, myself.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

I kind of agree with the letter writer, actually. Not about the ad hominem attacks. Or the whole wasting-a-stamp thing in general. But Jeter did deserve every penny!

New York will print the letter in its next issue, no doubt.

jfruh (#713)

I Like that they actually wrote their note on the article itself, then ripped it out of the magazine to mail it to Leitch. It's like they couldn't stand to have the article physically in their house anymore, that's how much they hated it.

riggssm (#760)

I once sent ____________ the busted pieces of a defective computer peripheral. I included a letter asking them to examine their craftsmanship. I also apologized since, after being found defective, the peripheral mysteriously self-destructed (with the help of a hammer and perhaps a saw).

I never heard back.

hockeymom (#143)

I like the ones that start "Dear Idiot in Charge."
They always make me happy.

kneetoe (#1,881)

I've had the pleasure of responding to letters to politicians. The % of crazy among the letter writers is high.

tuntastica (#9,011)

meee tooo. I am glad others have this experience also.

deepomega (#1,720)

Much more effective to cut it up and paste it into a ransom note of anger and bile.

Claire Zulkey (#6,639)

This sort of makes me feel better after receiving an email via an anonymous-emailing service informing me how horrible I am at my writing job. I thought that took some effort but it didn't involve postage.

HiredGoons (#603)

when can we start comparing them to Hitler on protest signs?

bronwyn (#3,351)

Hello Tuntastica. Just letting you know that your fellow countrypeople are all over this place. (by "all over" I mean "I think there's at least two of us from NZ who sometimes comment here").

bronwyn (#3,351)

Hmmm. That was meant to go way up thread. Sometimes I despair of myself ever being able to function in real life when I can't even edit a comment properly.

byronryder (#244,252)

I have read Will Leitch's snailmail correspondence and I was not surprised by what I saw there. Guess the only place where you can meet nice people that are polite is at the nursing school, I studied there and never heard of such cases.

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