Post Heart, Postcards
Welcome to Penpal Café. We connect strangers with letters, and postcards.
Another Sunday, Another Naive Weekly — Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
Snowflakes fall, lightning up dark winter days. On the cargo bikes, kids are sticking out their tongues, tasting the white winter rain. Uno already knows how to say ‘sne’, Danish for ‘snow’. Our hearts are warm, energy low.
Standing in the window frame of our living room, Uno sends air kisses to the busy excavator that is digging a hole in our road. He then points at the Eurasian blue tit eating from the dried sunflower head we grew over the summer. Will they bring a postcard to an unknown place?
Ana (today’s co-writer)
Do you remember the last time that a bird brought you a letter? If not, this is your chance. Just in time for winter hibernation, Penpal Café is opening again. In the first season, 81 people from 26 countries participated. Strangers became pairs, sending letters back and forth, perhaps they are not strangers anymore? Ps. feel free to participate again even if you were part of the first season.
We made postcards. Five sets of five photos, all analogue. The photos are all taken by Ana and I’m sure you’ll recognize a few from this newsletter. Each set is €20 (incl. shipping). It is the perfect gift to your wall, or for your new penpal.
Molly Mielke is incredible at exploring and nurturing the Internet. Now she started a platform for anyone to start their own grants program. It is a wonderful idea, with a vibrant name, and one of the best ‘about’ descriptions I have ever read. Let’s support the moths.
Behind Yesterweb is a Discord server with +800 people whose “goal is to forge a new path forward, toward building and cultivating a better internet”. I’m certain that you’ll enjoy swimming along — if you don’t mind the rather overwhelming feeling of active Discord servers.
Speak draw. (Pen pal became pinpal)
Ps. I’m happy to receive more!
Hi, I’m Kristoffer and you have just read Naive Weekly — Observations from the Internet Wilderness.
Thank you, Ana. I admire how you flow through the world, insisting on your own pace. The world, and my daily life, has never been as magical as it became whenI started walking next to you, seeing what you are sensing.
Last week this letter was sent to 775 people. Thirtyone are crazy enough to chip in every month/year to support me making time to write. Logo by Studio Hollywood. Print by Luka. Photograph by Ana Santl.