'Letters in the Mail' Turns Your Favorite Author Into Your Pen Pal

For $5 month, you can get a letter from a prominent author.

Want something more in your mailbox than catalogs and bills? Longing for correspondence more inspiring than an endless stream of text messages and Facebook status updates? Thanks to Letters in the Mail, a new project from literary website The Rumpus, you can get your snail mail fix from some very special pen pals: your favorite authors.

"Think of it as the letters you used to get from your creative friends, before this whole internet/email thing," says Rumpus editor Stephen Elliot, who devised the project this month after realizing how much he missed receiving paper letters. He quickly connected with authors he knew, and Letters in the Mail was born.

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