People and Their Letters & The Tyranny of Email
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Novelist and essayist Mallon talks with Freeman, critic and American editor of Granta, about the great, lost art of letter writing and the current frenzy of electronic messaging. Jane Curtin and Isaiah Sheffer will read a unique assortment of historical letters. A discussion with the audience and a book signing will follow. While you enjoy the event, have a glass of wine and a light evening meal in the intimate cabaret atmosphere of the Leonard Nimoy Thalia.
The letter has been all but replaced by email and texting, to the point where writing seems kind of quaint, reserved only for the most formal occasions — weddings, funerals, court summonses, and the like. Tonight, Granta editor John Freeman and novelist Thomas Mallon discuss this shift and its impact on our everyday lives. According to Freeman, we now spend 41% percent of our day reading and responding to emails. To illustrate the way things used to be, Original SNL cast member Jane Curtin and Selected Shorts artistic director Isaiah Sheffer read a selection of famous letters. A Q&A follows the program and allows the audience to weigh in with opinions on the issue.- Chris Kompanek