Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The silent majority

Dear Clerkmanifesto (a reader writes):

I have recently observed a number of your readers writing in to make themselves and their wishes known to you. This has spurred me on to say there are a great many of us out here, hundreds, perhaps thousands, who steadfastly read your engaging, quirky, sometimes challenging missives and would never write in. I for one consider your work to be literary as opposed to an object of common discussion and would no more "comment" or write in a letter to you than I would to Wordsworth or Yeats.

I mean all this as a point of reference for you rather than any kind of condemnation of the letter writers who have recently been offering their perspective and sometimes making their wishes known.

Thank you so much for your attention.

With fulsome regard, 

G. Markel Wittenberger Esq.

My Dear G. Markel:

Thank you, but is this not, precisely, writing into me?

With all due respect,

F. Calypso (for Clerkmanifesto)

Dear Clerkmanifesto:

Aha! Curses! Caught with my hand in the cookie jar!

Nevertheless, yours truly,

G. Markel Wittenberger Esq.

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If you were wondering, yes, you should comment. Not only does it remind me that I must write in intelligible English because someone is actually reading what I write, but it is also a pleasure for me since I am interested in anything you have to say.

I respond to pretty much every comment. It's like a free personalized blog post!

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