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One-Shots Tue Feb 11 2014

Write Club Wants to Add Punch to Your Valentines This Year

il_570xN.561878396_hwre.jpgIf you conscript someone else to write a love letter to your beloved, does it still count? It's a question as old as Cyrano de Bergerac and as current as Spike Jonze's Her. (The Awl hosted an entertaining mini-debate on the subject in recent weeks, with Maria Bustillos arguing that the concept was insane and Bonnie Downing countering with the story of her gig ghostwriting letters as part of an art project.)

This year, Write Club founder Ian Belknap and Lindsay Muscato plan to weigh in by crafting writerly, typewritten love (or hate, up to you) letters after a quick phone or Skype conversation with the purchaser. You can commission one for $9.75 via Etsy, and they won't judge you for scrambling to put together a Valentine plan this late in the game. They launched the project just yesterday, after a wildly successful stint this past weekend producing letters on demand for guests at the Museum of Contemporary Art's most recent First Friday event.

 
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