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Oh Duncan, that's so great. Now I want to know more.

Dear Duncan

If Opa sometimes thought she was writing for posterity it is unlikely she ever expected to get a reply. A letter from the future! Every writer's dream.

Somehow your project feels like reverse-engineering. Instead of using a digital medium to skin reality with a glossy film separating us ever further from tactile, lived experience, your idea embeds words in the fabric of the city. Without leaving the house and making a physical journey, with all that entails in terms of random encounters, inconvenience, opportunities for observation and occasional discomfort, the reader cannot complete the book. In other words, no grit, no pearl, as an oyster's personal trainer most probably once said.

James

If Opa sometimes thought she was writing for posterity, it is unlikely she ever expected to get a reply. A letter from the future! Every writer's dream.

Somehow your project feels like reverse-engineering. Instead of using digital to skin the world in a glossy film serving to separate us ever further from tactile, lived experience, your idea embeds words in the fabric of the city. Without leaving the house and making a physical journey, with all that entails in terms of random encounters, opportunities for observation, inconvenience and occasional discomfort, the reader cannot complete the story. In other words no grit, no pearl, as an oyster's personal trainer no doubt once said.

Bring it on.

James

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