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Inarticulate by Choice: the Decline of Letter Writing and the Future of the Intellectual Past, Part Three

By Elisabeth Lasch-QuinnGabriel Metsu, Man Writing a Letter, c. 1664-6This continues my rumination on the influence of the demise of letter-writing on us and the future practice of intellectual history. Questions for ongoing contemplation:What will be the future of intellectual history without letters?What will be the future of the life of the mind without letters?Without letters, what will be the future of life, love, and learning between and among people who spend much of their time lost in thought?What do letters provide that our current electronic communications cannot?Can we picture a renaissance of letter-writing and the attendant emotional, Read more