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Edi­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

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“Mum, I’m gay!” “I’ve been di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer!” “You’re fired!” “I’m preg­nant!” “It’s not you ... it’s me, but I don’t think we should be to­gether any­more!” Th­ese are all ex­am­ples from an Amer­i­can ar­ti­cle that has some help­ful ad­vice on when it’s not ap­pro­pri­ate to text. Just in case you couldn’t work it out your­self, right? When writer Lucy Corry first pitched this idea, she gave an ex­am­ple of whether it was okay to text some­one to say they were sorry for the loss of a loved one. Per­son­ally, I thought what kind of tone-deaf ro­bot would think that was okay?! Isn’t it ob­vi­ous you’d call or send a proper card? But then she filed her story and in it, she re­counted the story of a woman whose sis­ter sud­denly died, and who felt too raw to face the in­evitable phone calls. So she asked her hus­band to let her friends know that a text would be bet­ter. So per­haps it’s not quite as cut-and-dried as we may think. Though I do draw the line at dump­ing some­one …

MICHELLE HURLEY

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