So far I’ve received five letters in response to my Rumpus letter. Three of them were from women. Two of those made me cry, not because they were sad but because it felt like a miracle that strangers would be so honest with me and take what I’d written seriously enough to a.read it and then b. respond to it in this sort of intimate way.
Two of them were from men and both of those alluded to the part of the letter where I had briefly, in passing, mentioned masturbation. I’m not Rivers Cuomo so I didn’t find this charming.
I’m writing back to the women.
If you’d like me to send you my letter, send a SASE to my address, which I’ll email you if you want it. emily AT emilybooks.com