The Looking Glass Letters

If you could write to the world, what would you say?

The Looking Glass Letters are a daily slice of humanity in your inbox.

Each day a random subscriber wins the chance to email the growing community about anything they choose.

Your email address will only be used for this mailing list and will never be shared with third-parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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The Looking Glass Letters is a descendant of The Listserve, an email lottery mailing list which ran from April 2012 until May 2018.

Started by NYU grad students, it grew to over 25,000 subscribers and served as a fascinating daily window into the lives of others, often resulting in a feeling of sonder.


n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Made by @kieranball.