Snail Mail My Email: Handwritten Letters in a Digital World

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Sourcebooks, Nov 1, 2012 - Art - 256 pages
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One man's mission to give power back to the written word gave the world 10,000 beautifully crafted correspondences.
We live in a fast-paced world, where emails reign supreme as a form of communication. Feeling nostalgic for the almost forgotten written letter, Ivan Cash decided to stage a comeback tour on its behalf. He invited anyone in the world to send him a 100 word email, and in return he would illustrate it into a letter and mail it for free.

On day four of the project, he got more than 1,000 requests. A team of volunteers helped Ivan create over 10,000 letters—or more accurately, works of art—which were sent to happy recipients.
Snail Mail My Email is a collection of the most memorable letters and moments from the project, and a reminder of the power of personal connection in a world of instant communication.

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Ivan Cash is an American artist based in San Francisco who creates socially engaged, new media projects. With a background in advertising and design, Ivan has lived and worked in Cape Town, New York, and Amsterdam, and it is through traveling that his affinity for snail mail, and the intimacy it provides, solidified. Ivan's projects, including Occupy George and Facebook Sabbatical, have been featured in CNN, TIME, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Juxtapoz. Nothing would make him happier than if you closed your eyes for twenty seconds after reading this and just listened to your breath. For more info, visit

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