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dale-estey's picture
Jun.20.2011
 Queen Elizabeth II. in Finland, may 1976 In 1976 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first head of State to send an electronic mail message.  The History of Email [INFOGRAPHIC]by Jolie O'Dell   Email, you’ve come a long way, baby. In its 40-year tenure as a form of communication, email has run its...
harrison-solow's picture
Jun.15.2011
The letters that writers write to one another are at least as interesting than the books or stories they write. This is one reason among many for my interest in the epistolary as form. Between my friends and me, the epistolary thrives. Not Literature – but an involvement with it – an immersion in...
dale-estey's picture
Apr.07.2011
To Ottla On a rare holiday abroad, Kafka sent a postcard in 1913 to his sister Ottla. In Riva on Lake Garda, he experienced “that sweetness […] in a relationship with a woman one loves” (reported in Diaries, 24 January 1915). Riva also provided a setting for his story Der Jäger Gracchus (The...
dale-estey's picture
Apr.06.2011
These are most of the correspondence Kafka had with his sister Ottla. She was his youngest of three sisters, and he was extremely close to her. I'm not sure if she understood him but she certainly accepted - and helped - him.  Ottla married a Christian - a great love affair. When World War Two...
dale-estey's picture
Mar.03.2011
OK, somebody - give me lots and lots o' $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ so I can have a chance at this. Sure, I'll piss off the Czeck government, but Kafka has been doing that to governments for decades. Kafka cherished his youngest sister (and rightfully so). He shared more with her than with anyone (with the...
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.28.2011
Photo: Crypt, in West Greenwich Cemetery #2, where bodies were placed until the ground thawed. Please go to my Flickr account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/obsrvr/sets/) to see 75 photos (many of them creepy) I took to go look at for locals, descriptions, and just the overall feel for some scenes...
dale-estey's picture
Feb.18.2011
Kafka's novels and short stories have been adapted to the stage, to the screen, to dance and even to the ice. Kafka has turned into photographs, art instillations and T shirts (I've owned four of those). But I have not heard (not that it might not have already happened) of his letters  taking their...
lisa-yee's picture
Feb.02.2011
Oh man. I love mail, don't you? (That last statement doesn't include junk mail or bills.) When I first became an author seven years ago, I started to get fan mail. I remember my daughter saying, "You get fan mail? YOU?"  Over the years I've saved some of my favorites. Some are funny....
dale-estey's picture
Nov.10.2010
Paper MateJanis Bellow reflects on her late husband's letter-writing habits, his feelings about his legacy, and what it was like to read over his old love letters By Jonathan Wilson Janis Bellow in her Brookline, Mass., backyard, September 22, 2010. Jared Leeds   I interviewed Janis Bellow at...
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Oct.28.2010
10/25 - Daily writing practice. This is just a little snippet of an idea, but it got me thinking... What would it be like to live without a conscience? What would you do? What would you try to get away with?   ---------------------- July 23, 2005 Dear Conscience, We have been through a lot...