Monday, August 22, 2011

Joan from Arizona: thank you for your letter. How you found my home address, and why you chose to send your 52-word note FedEx, is but a mild distraction compared to your eloquent appreciation of older modes of transport. Yes, it was McLuhan who wrote that the telegram was the first instance where the message arrived before the messenger (“Roads and Paper Routes”), and yes, I was aware of Venturi, et al.’s Learning from Las Vegas when I wrote Kingsway (1995).

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