A Most Interesting Envelope

I’m a sucker for creatively packaged literature. Obviously, Kindling, a Kalorama-based literary journal, appealed to me.

The editors of Kindling — the latest issue of which includes a brief piece of nonfiction by moi — have eschewed traditional binding. Instead, the collection consists of 20 one-page pieces of varying styles, printed on note cards and packed tightly into an envelope. That way, you can read them in any order you’d like! (It also provides the publishers with the opportunity to advertise on the rear of nearly each card under the author’s bio, a brilliant way to help mitigate the cost of bringing forward an issue every month or two.)

My piece should resonate with anyone who is simultaneously annoyed and fascinated by the modern ubiquity of air travel. A Kindling envelope costs three bucks, and I’m told that locals can obtain one at Idle Time Books (2467 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan) or KULTURAs (1728 Connecticut Avenue NW, Dupont Circle). You can also purchase it if you happen to be in Portland, Oregon or Lawrence, Kansas, so there you go.

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