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December 26, 2007
If you have a box full of letters from old friends and lovers, for goodness’ sake throw it into the fireplace right away.

Don’t, as I did, settle in with a cup of tea and flip through them in your comfortable chair. You’ll want to invent a word ten times stronger than “bittersweet” that can describe remembering some of the best people you’ve ever met, then having your guts kicked in because you’ve lost touch with them, or they’re married, or they’ve forgotten you.

I put mine back on the shelf, but do yourself a favor and burn yours immediately.