Presents {Inbox}es

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Hello, my lovelies. There is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now and I wanted to share with you (besides the fact that it’s premiere week and I am without cable/TV).

I am obsessed with email/mail projects. 

Anyone with me? I find them so interesting and intriguing. Of course the biggest and most popular one is probably Post Secret. I love the art aspect of it and the intimacy. There’s something so liberating about sharing a secret with total strangers. {Because we all have one secret or another.} postsecret One that I’ve been following for a while now is Keltie Colleen’s Magical Moonbeams (sign up in the lower right corner). I discovered her blog last year and it was love at first sight. I became slightly obsessed, bought her book, devoured it in days, and somehow signed myself up for moonbeams, having no idea what they were at the time. Ever since then, I’ve received little tidbits of wisdom, encouragement, and quotes when I least expect it. They are my favorite, especially at 3am on a Saturday night when I’m wide awake and the world is sleeping. keltiecolleen Writing letters to my future self always reminds me of sixth grade when we did a time capsule. Who knows what I put in that thing? We never did find out. Probably for the best. Middle school was the worst for me. If you haven’t sent a letter to your future self yet, I recommend it. It’s crazy to read your thoughts from a year (or more) ago and see how far you’ve come. I wrote one around this time last year that will be arriving in my inbox sometime next month. Half terrified to see what I wrote back then. I ♥ futureme.org.

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I recently stumbled upon Miranda July’s We Think Alone project through Oh Happy Day. Although the content isn’t my favorite, I love the concept. “WE THINK ALONE has given me the excuse to read my friends’ emails and the emails of some people I wish I was friends with and for better or worse it’s changed the way I see all of them. I think I really know them now. But our inner life is not actually the same thing as our life on the computer—a quiet person might !!!! a lot. A person with a busy mind might write almost nothing… Privacy, the art of it, is evolving. Radical self-exposure and classically manicured discretion can both be powerful, both be elegant. And email itself is changing, none of us use it exactly the same way we did ten years ago; in another ten years we might not use it at all.” mjuly Snail Mail my Email is another totally amazing collaborative worldwide mail art project. Volunteers handwrite letters based on strangers’ emails and then send them to the recipients through snail mail. I think the process of three different people interacting with the text is so freakin’ cool. How lovely it would be to receive a surprise like this! I am dyinggg to be a volunteer–they’re calling for more in November 2013, so if you’re interested, stay tuned here!

Fun fact: A total of 431 volunteers have artistically interpreted and collectively sent 13,968 letters across the world since the project began in 2011. It was also founded in San Francisco, that beautiful city.

kaitlyn

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Author: Rachael

Book lover + editor, feminist, California soul + New York state of mind.

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