Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

16 Apr 2004, 12:44 p.m.

Letters, I Read Letters

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2004 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Some people use dashes instead of, say, quote marks, which makes me think Emily Dickinson has reincarnated as a Salon Premium subscriber. Others use no punctuation at all; maybe they bought cut-rate keyboards off the back of a truck, or they treat all communications with the urgency of 911 dispatches.