Epistolary blog post

Some people never run out of things to say.

Saul Bellow once wrote to Bernard Malamud, “a novel, like a letter, should be loose, cover much ground, run swiftly, take risk of mortality and decay."

He was a great letter writer. I am not a great letter writer. Whether it be the time I live in or the lack of time I put in these letters or the fact I sometimes run out of things to say.

Letter to friends:

  • Explain job and university as way of giving news of the day

  • Anecdotes about family life here (crazy traffic, farmers' markets, schools)

  • Inquire to friend and family

  • Inquire about home country or region if undergoing out-of-the-ordinary good or bad luck

  • Ask about summer plans

  • Sign off