I’ve been told this newsletter has been making people cry at their desks at work since 2015, so maybe you want to cry in front of your coworkers. Maybe you want to read someone talking about death and failure and weird sex and small joys and the history of New York City infrastructure on your phone late at night when everyone else in your apartment is asleep. I think the personal essay is at its best a means by which we enlarge our humanity but you don’t have to think so to subscribe. Maybe you miss Livejournal (me too).
When Griefbacon was a Tinyletter, some of the letters were once assigned on a college course syllabus and students were required to write response questions. One student wrote “isn’t it also great to eat pizza when you’re high?” and it wasn’t out of line at all.
I don’t know, I think that this kind of email-based personal writing is like a whispering conversation when you’re the last two people left awake at a sleepover. Anyway, if you subscribe, you can email me about any of the letters and we can chat like we’re the last two people awake and telling secrets.
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Forward, screenshot, post on multiple platforms, live your life.