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Natalie and Jonathan Exchange Emails

Well folks, here it is. The artist email exchange…you’ve been waiting for? I’m not sure why this was released. Is it a stunt? Is it art? Is it voyeurism? The world may never know. Read it if you dare…or just have nothing better to do. If you don’t want to, here’s the highlight reel. 

10) Natalie: “I’m sure at the beginning of our emailing I was trying too hard to be smart and interesting. Now, of course, I’m comfortable enough to send you videos of a sax-playing walrus.”

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9) Jonathan: “It’s almost 6:00 in the morning. The boys are still asleep. I can hear the guinea pigs stirring, but that might be the residue of a nightmare.” 

8) Natalie: “My mother-in-law used the word guinea pig when telling me a story in French yesterday, and it’s “cochon d’inde,” which translates to ‘pig from India.’ Who’s right?”

7) Natalie: “Often I wish I was from somewhere inoffensive to anyone, neutral, unproblematic. Like, ‘Hi, I’m Finnish.’” 

6) Jonathan: “I don’t know to what extent this is law, convention or a massive NPR conspiracy — literally half of my neighborhood sits around listening to the radio while watching the clock never tick.”

 

5) Portman: “I like weekends better when I’m working because then they truly feel like I’m regenerating energy, whereas when I’m not working, time blends into one continuous, undifferentiated stream.

4) Portman: “An ex-boyfriend of mine used to call me ‘Moscow,’ because he said I was always looking out the window sadly, like ‘Moscow,’ like some Russian novel or Chekhov play.”

3) Jonathan: “I didn’t bother mentioning it, because it felt so fruitless, but while corresponding with you, I have also been corresponding with what I think is a robot at Hotmail.”

2) Portman: “With regular film (as you probably know), between each frame is a black frame that flashes for a fraction of a second, and the viewer’s eyes fill in the picture reflexively. So the viewer has to be engaged in a way they don’t have to when all the visuals are provided to them.”

1) Foer: “People often refer to aloneness and writer’s block as the two great challenges of being a novelist. In fact, the hardest part is having to care for guinea pigs.”

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