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One thing that emerges from talk­ing to to­day’s let­ter writ­ers is that the prac­tice isn’t geared to­ward love letters or epic cor­re­spon­dence of the kind your grand­par­ents had dur­ing the Sec­ond World War; it’s very much a move­ment of the pla­tonic kind, pro­pelled by peo­ple who want to deepen and de­velop new friend­ships.

A re­newed in­ter­est in hand­writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion has also emerged as an out­let for those with anony­mous good­Samar­i­tan ten­den­cies. Op­por­tu­ni­ties to “pay it for­ward” by pa­per range from the ba­sic and self-ini­ti­ated—leav­ing en­cour­ag­ing notes in public places ad­dressed to “You,” which is who­ever is com­pelled by the uni­verse to pick it up (Toronto’s Love Let­ter­ing Pro­ject is or­ga­niz­ing a h

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