Introducing “Rotary Phone”

I hear newsletters are where all the big money is these days so I’m starting one.

Oh, I should say it’s a print newsletter.

It’s called Rotary Phone. I chose that title because 1.) I miss rotary phones, and 2.) it’s a symbol of the type of communication I’m going for here. Typewriters, paper planners, analog watches, rotary phones. (I’m pretty sure the above is the exact phone we had in our kitchen when I was a kid.)

It will be a quarterly newsletter, sent via snail mail, delivered to your front door by a person wearing a uniform! Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1959.

I hope mail never goes away. There’s something about getting real mail that’s incredibly special, especially in this age where everything is done on a screen. (Are we really thinking, “Gee, I need to spend more time online?”) I still send letters, thank you cards, and Christmas cards too (I’m trying to single-handedly save the post office). We text, post on social media, and e-mail all day long, texting and clicking and scrolling, so it’s great to actually get something in the mail (besides bills and ads), isn’t it? Something you can hold in your hand, real ink and paper, like a newspaper or a magazine.

(Note to people in their teens and 20s: newspapers and magazines are like websites, only printed on paper, and rotary phones are something you see a lot on Turner Classic Movies.)

This newsletter will have stuff that you won’t find on this site, exclusive to subscribers:

  • personal essays
  • short fiction
  • long features that are too weird to run anywhere else
  • interviews with other writers
  • book reviews
  • badly drawn cartoons
  • puzzles
  • this and that
  • recipes!

The cost? Only $19.59 a year (see what I did there?). Four issues, one issue a season. Seasons I like to call “spring,” “summer,” “fall,” and “winter.”

Just click the Donate button on the right. You can pay via PayPal or credit card. Make sure you include your mailing address.

And don’t forget your zip code!

Any questions, leave a comment below or e-mail me.

(photo courtesy Wikipedia)

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