Letters From Home & Away

Ali Montag
Friends staying in touch.
Created 04 Jul 2020
  • 📩 Letter #43: On the passage of time
    09 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 10 0
    Dear Kate, Wasting time. What a terrifying thought. It keeps me up at night. It snaps me to attention in the shower. It jerks me out of stasis and into motion. It comes in a flash: A picture of myself...
  • 📩 Letter #42: Against work-life balance
    23 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 6 0
    Dear Ali, They call it “the Great Resignation.” Workers are leaving jobs they hate (or merely tolerate) for better ones. It’s “an expression of optimism that says, We can do better,” an Atlantic staff...
  • 📩 Letter #41: What does it all mean?!?!
    02 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 7 4
    Dear readers, Some days, you wake up early. You go for a run. You drink a cup of fair trade coffee, eat an incredibly reasonable breakfast—yogurt with berries and mixed nuts—and stride into the world....
  • 📩 Letter #40: Your grandmother is not in the metaverse
    22 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 8 0
    Dear Kate, It couldn’t be a more beautiful day in Austin, Texas. The sky is unmarred by clouds, the air has the fresh smell of September. A cool breeze ruffles the pages of my library book. I’m writin...
  • 📩 Letter #39: In praise of the Old Spaghetti Factory
    10 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    Last fall, my friend and I took our husbands to dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. We acted like it was a joke but really...it wasn’t. We wanted the brown butter and mizithra cheese pasta, a treat f...
  • 📩Letter #38: On nature
    26 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 6 0
    Dear Kate, It’s hot in Texas. It’s hot all across the country, heat and drought ravaging cities typically temperate and cool. Our water is drying up. What will become of us? That’s a question I’m too ...
  • 📩 Letter #37: The traveler's dilemma
    10 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Dear Ali, Apologies for my delayed response to your last letter on friendship (which was lovely). My excuse? I’ve been on the road. Really, I’ve been in the air, eating snack mix consisting of mysteri...
  • 📩 Letter #36: On friendship
    16 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 14 3
    Dear Kate, On Memorial Day morning, I woke up in a $40 hostel in Bozeman, Montana. I wandered into a bathroom shared by a dozen other travelers, backpackers, and hikers. It smelled like sweat and stal...
  • 📩 Letter #35: Settle down
    31 May 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Hi readers! For those who are new, welcome to Letters from Home & Away. For nearly a year, Ali and I (two buddies) have been writing letters back and forth to each other, recommending books and thinki...
  • 📩 Letter #34: On wanting
    16 May 2021 • 7 min read • 44 14
    Dear Kate, In 1972, banners covered the West Texas town of Odessa, black and white signs painted MOJO WINS. Neighbors held each other and cried. Fathers shook hands and slapped each other’s backs, gri...
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