My thanks again to colleague and former co-worker John Prime of the Shreveport Times for his Sunday article introducing Courtship of Two Doctors, released this week by Little Dove Press. He gave me the opportunity to reflect on the imtimacy of letters.
Thanks to instant communications, email, iPhones, tweets and other forms of instant reach and gratification, the art of letter-writing, with its attendant delays, anticipation, forethought and reflection, is dying out, she said. “It’s far too easy for us to sit down and fire off a quick email,” she said.
“Letters are personal. They are direct. They are intimate. … You assume that there’s already a relationship. … That’s a powerful thing about letters and it’s such a shame that we’re missing that today. Technology has robbed it of intimacy.”