Last Call: Going old school with a snail-mail service and a non-digital book

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Punkpost

I love snail mail: choosing cards, writing them, receiving them, every bit of it. So I’m conflicted in my feelings about Punkpost, an app/service that hand-writes and mails cards for you. It’s neat that the company works with letterpress artists and has real, live people writing out your cards. On the other hand, isn’t that the fun part of sending letters? I guess anything that’s keeping the postal service in business is worth celebrating these days. [Kate Bernot]

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The Woman In The Window

On my (long) list of new year’s resolutions is “read more books,” as I spent entirely too many 2017 evenings retiring with a Twitter feed or Words With Friends game instead of unplugging not just from electronics but from reality for awhile. So I am pleased to kick off 2018 with a gripping bestseller (I’m sure it’s available on Kindle, but I am enjoying the old-school tangible flipping of pages). I am a total sucker for suspenseful page-turners that usually turn into extremely dark movies, like Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train. The Woman In The Window is totally in that vein, and takes its inspiration from the Hitchcock movies I love so well, even leading off with a quote from Hitchcock’s own favorite movie, Shadow Of A Doubt.

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In this astonishing debut from A.J. Finn, Anna Fox is recuperating in her Harlem townhouse where she has little to do but spy on the neighbors, à la Rear Window. Naturally, she witnesses a crime. But, unlike Rear Window’s homebound photographer Jeff, Anna is a completely shaky witness, as she drinks heavily and pops pills; said The New York Times book review, “Dear other books with unreliable narrators: This one will see you and raise you.” So undoubtedly it’ll take some unraveling over the next several chapters to figure out what the actual story is. I can’t wait. Just hope it doesn’t keep me up nights. [Gwen Ihnat]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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thatotherdave
ThatOtherDave

That book sounds good, I’m going to have to check it out when I finish Ken Follett’s latest doorstop, which I’ll start when I finish the Kurt Wallander novel I’m currently reading. I’ve started keeping a list on my phone of books that sound interesting because I could never remember them at the library or book store.

Speaking of mail, my little 5 year old daughter got a letter from a little British girl her age today, and I’m really excited about her having an overseas penpal.