Human Parts
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Human Parts

The joys and sorrows of fan mail

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Sending a cold email — especially to someone you admire — is a modern leap of faith. You want to strike the right tone: complimentary, brief, earnest. You delete an exclamation point and re-add it two seconds later. No one wants to sound unhinged, but you don’t want to come across as Serious, either.

The beauty of fan mail, or any letter we expect to go unanswered, is that it gives form and intention to…