Strongly Worded Letters
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Senator Chuck Schumer is gushing with outrage over new federal regulations he claims will force New York City to replace more than 1,000 fire hydrants and spend more than $1 million to replace them.
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency today, Mr. Schumer asked for a delay of a recently-announced requirement demanding reduced lead levels in fire hydrants–just in case they’re ever used for drinking water.
In February of this year, Abbi Jacobson, an aspiring actor, writer and artist living in the West Village, received a 70 year-old love letter originally from a military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She made a website, a YouTube video, a Facebook group and Twitter hashtag, aimed at using crowdsourcing Read More
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather
Edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout
(Knopf, 725 pp. $37.50)
If Willa Cather isn’t the most well-known 20th century American writer, she’s certainly one of the most underrated, a direct descendent of Virginia Woolf and a clear precedent to the Read More
“You asked me to write you a letter about my proposed book on nomads,” Bruce Chatwin wrote an interested publisher in 1969. He was 28 years old, and it would be eight years before his remarkable books, beginning with In Patagonia, would start to appear. “The question I will try to answer is, ‘Why do Read More