- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks (November 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402273827
- ISBN-13: 978-1402273827
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,087,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Snail Mail My Email: Handwritten Letters in a Digital World Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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About the Author
Ivan Cash is an artist and designer based in San Francisco who creates socially engaging, interactive media projects. Nothing would make him happier than if you closed your eyes for twenty seconds after reading this and just listened to your breath.
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There are illustrated letters to new borns, not-yet borns, a deceased puppy, and lovers: brother-sister, sister-sister, parent-child, all sorts of connectednesses-all sorts of connectednesses, and vice versa for all of the above. There are letters from or to teddy bears, the tooth fairy. Letters to and from China, Nebraska, Malaysia, Wisconsin, United Arab Emirates, someplaces near you and others not.
You can easily sense my enthusiasm. See for yourself. Check out the LOOK INSIDE! option and then, after you decide to order the book or not, take the time to create and mail a snail mail to . . . . . . . .
In its own way, Snail Mail my Email traces the evolution of human communication by highlighting the simplest of pleasures in our modern age: receiving a handwritten letter from a friend. Except in this case, the "friend" was one of the project's 200+ volunteers and the letter a transcribed email that may have ordinarily gotten lost in the cacophony of spam and online offers that typically penetrate our collective gmail accounts.
The project and book are brilliant in their ability to simultaneously promote an alternative to electronic communication in the age of the iPhone, while also demonstrating the possibilities for human "off-line" collaboration that our connected society still offers. At the most basic level, a project as inspiring as SMME wouldn't have been possible without the email component. Taking it a step further, the 200+ volunteers that helped make SMME a reality may not have been as easily recruited without the author's ability to go online and encourage people to do something a bit different. No one knows for sure whether Ivan Cash, the project's creator and the book's author, intended for this instructive irony to be a part of the final product. But given his vision in conceiving of the whole plan in the first place, I'd wager that he did.
Demonstrating the possibilities of our internet-driven world together with an antidote to its occasional excesses, Snail Mail My Email falls into many categories. Underlying the beautifully illustrated emails on each page is the fact that the book serves as a chronicle of the impressively-coordinated mass mobilization effort on the part of Mr. Cash; these same illustrations add an artsy component to its documentary nature. Finally, the subtle message about taking a break every once in a while lends an air of social commentary, combined with the even subtler reality that our always-on society makes something like SMME within reach for anyone who is willing to stick their neck out.
Thankfully for all of us, Mr. Cash did just that, and the whole world has been enriched with this fabulous book as a result.
All in all, I'm glad that this project happened, and whether if you want your heartstrings tugged a little, or you want to feel a little nostalgic about a time when writing physical letters was commonplace, then this letter book is the one for you.