Poet Willie Perdomo on the value of writing letters in a digital world
2019-05-21 00:00:00


JUDY WOODRUFF: Texting and e-mailing technologyhave revolutionized the way we communicate.(1)
JUDY WOODRUFF:短信和电子邮件技术彻底改变了我们的沟通方式。

It has permitted us to be more efficient,to stay in touch easier, and has likely changed(2)
它使我们更有效率,更容易保持联系,并且可能已经改变

the dynamics of some of our most importantrelationships.(3)
一些最重要的关系的动态。

But within that revolution, have we also lostsomething?(4)
但在这场革命中,我们还失去了什么吗?

Tonight, poet Willie Perdomo urges us to takeup pen and paper because, in his Humble Opinion,(5)
今晚,诗人威利佩尔多莫敦促我们拿笔和纸,因为在他的拙见中,

a letter expresses more than just words.(6)
一封信表达的不仅仅是文字。

WILLIE PERDOMO, Author, "The Crazy Bunch":These days, humans are growing lonelier by(7)
WILLIE PERDOMO,作者,“疯狂的束”:这些天,人类越来越孤独

the gigabyte.(8)
千兆字节。

Hookup and social apps connect us before weactually meet.(9)
在我们实际见面之前,连接和社交应用程序连接我们。

Bullies thrive anonymously.(10)
欺凌者以匿名方式茁壮成长。

Google completes our sentences.(11)
谷歌完成我们的句子。

It takes only three emojis to say, let's havea martini and dance.(12)
只需要三个表情符号就可以说,让我们有马提尼和舞蹈。

It's going to be lit.(13)
它会被点燃。

Words have lost their intent, their impact.(14)
言语已失去意图,影响力。

The role of writing letters has become analmost extinct practice in our daily lives.(15)
写信的作用已成为我们日常生活中几乎绝迹的习俗。

The envelope in the mail is just a bill.(16)
邮件中的信封只是一张账单。

I used to be a passionate letter writer.(17)
我曾经是一位充满激情的写作家。

I wrote my letters by hand, so my friendswere able to see my redactions and second(18)
我手工写了我的信,所以我的朋友们能够看到我的编辑和第二

thoughts.(19)
想法。

They were privy to my flaws, celebrations,and conflicts.(20)
他们知道我的缺点,庆祝和冲突。

One friend told me she carried one of my lettersfrom East Harlem to Paris like a charm.(21)
一位朋友告诉我,她把我从东哈林的一封信带到了巴黎,就像一个魅力。

I wanted my letters to be a familiar voicein a new city, a blues song replayed in a(22)
我希望我的信件在一个新的城市里成为一个熟悉的声音,一首蓝调歌曲在一个新的城市播放

strange village.(23)
奇怪的村庄。

On occasion, I sent and received letters fromfriends in prison.(24)
有时,我发送并收到了监狱中朋友的来信。

They liked to call letters kites.(25)
他们喜欢给信件放风筝。

For them, ink and blank pages were at a highpremium.(26)
对于他们来说,墨水和空白页面的价格非常高。

Their letters were usually full of promises,epiphanies, and requests for poetry.(27)
他们的信件通常充满了承诺,顿悟和诗歌要求。

I would return their kites with shout-outsfrom the city.(28)
我会从城市里回复他们的风筝。

Here, I would say, fly the kite for a day,if not your full sentence.(29)
在这里,我会说,放风筝一天,如果不是你的完整句子。

Letters are where we argue, say goodbye, dream,fail, forgive, and tell our secrets, and send(30)
信件是我们争论的地方,说再见,梦想,失败,原谅,并告诉我们的秘密,并发送

regrets.(31)
遗憾。

We can't filter our lives or curate our feedsin letters.(32)
我们不能过滤我们的生活或用信件策划我们的饲料。

Letters are where we attempt to tell the truthand wait.(33)
信件是我们试图说出真相并等待的地方。

People tend to believe handwritten letters,or, as one friend suggested, you can't hide(34)
人们倾向于相信手写的信件,或者,正如一位朋友建议的那样,你无法隐藏

from a letter so easily.(35)
从一封信很容易。

Recently, my wife wrote me from her childhoodhome in Puerto Rico.(36)
最近,我的妻子从她在波多黎各的童年家中给我写信。

She could've easily sent emojis of sunshineand palm trees or a squared photo of her doing(37)
她可以很容易地发送阳光和棕榈树的表情符号或她正在做的平方照片

a mountain pose on a local beach.(38)
在当地的海滩上的山地姿势。

But, instead, she cried post-Hurricane Mariatears in her letter.(39)
但是,相反,她在信中哭了飓风后玛丽亚的眼泪。

She left splotches of coffee stains and smudgesof ink on the margins.(40)
她在边缘留下了咖啡渍和污迹。

I believed her.(41)
我相信她。

Some of us still write letters.(42)
我们中的一些人仍然写信。

It's our resistance against loneliness, wherewe witness.(43)
这是我们对孤独的抵抗,我们在那里见证。

Write a letter to someone you love, and ifyou can't write, have someone write it for(44)
给你爱的人写一封信,如果你不能写,请有人写信

you.(45)
您。

Surprise a friend, a classmate, a coach, abeloved, a mentor.(46)
给朋友,同学,教练,心爱的人,导师带来惊喜。

Tell them a story.(47)
告诉他们一个故事。

Let them know you're paying attention.(48)
让他们知道你在关注。

Letter writing is a pure act of devotion,a place where, if not storytellers, we all(49)
写信是一种纯粹的奉献行为,如果不是讲故事的话,我们都是一个地方

become human again.(50)
再次成为人类。

JUDY WOODRUFF: Great advice.(51)
JUDY WOODRUFF:很棒的建议。

Pick up a pen and paper.(52)
拿起一支笔和纸。


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