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A collection of love notes

A collection of love notes — Bill Shapiro compiled ”Other People’s Love Letters” for his new book

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A collection of love notes

Bill Shapiro (Time Inc.’s development editor) collects extremely private correspondence, which he has amassed in Other People’s Love Letters (Clarkson Potter, $22.50). The notes, e-mails, telegrams, and letters appear as copies of the originals, in all their faded, tearstained glory. The earliest examples come off as gorgeous and romantic, whether they’re pages of elegant script or a few words scrawled on a cocktail napkin. E-mail seems to have had a decidedly negative effect on the art, if ”Am having terribly naughty thoughts again today, and I was wondering if you might want to hear about them” is any indication. After compulsively flipping through to the last page, I have just one question: How did Shapiro get people to part with these?