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Thank-you Notes

Cheryl Branche, Graduate Student, School of Library and Information Studies


Dear Auntie Cheryl, Thank you for the hand-knit jumbo Christmas stockings you sent to us for our Christmas gifts. They are lovely. We are looking forward to propping them on the floor and letting Santa fill them with toys and fruit. They will be so heavy that they cannot be hung by a nail over the fireplace! We just love them. Thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you soon. Love, Charles, III and Michael. This is the letter that I would have loved to receive from my nephews who were 12 and 11 years old, respectively. Instead, I received no phone call and no thank-you note. When I asked their father what happened, he replied that you don’t give a gift to expect a thank-you note. I was shocked, hurt, and angry. I could not believe that we had been ...

We Know

Saygun Gökarıksel, Writing Fellow, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology


“When will they stop writing such letters,” thought the public administration officer. He had been working in the department responsible for answering the citizen’s complaints for more than a decade. Reading about other people’s problems, complaints, and life stories was a learning experience for him. When the letter was sufficiently attractive, he would then dream about what the author might look like. He spied on many strange faces, eavesdropped on many secret conversations, and recorded many previously unfamiliar stories to his diary as “words from friends.” He befriended those words that reminded him of the society he lived in even during his most solitary hours spent at his desk in the office. But how about this newly arrived letter? “Today everyone seems to be in ridiculously inflated debt with no prospects of repayment,” he thought. What was there to say ...

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