[soc.culture.misc] Literary correspondence

max@eros.uucp (Max Hauser) (01/07/88)

Scott Dorsey closes a rec.audio posting with the following excellent
quotation, alluding to prescience for telecommunications:
>   "To converse at the distance of the Indes by means of sympathetic
>    contrivances may be as natural to future times as to us is a 
>    literary correspondance."  -- Joseph Glanvill, 1661

I cannot help but observe the flip side:

    To engage in literary correspondence -- thoughtful, durable,
    civilized -- may even have been as natural in past times as 
    merely talking on the telephone is to us.

Max Hauser / max@eros.berkeley.edu / ...{!decvax}!ucbvax!eros!max