Chosen and I both submitted Open Letters to McSweeney's.
Chosen sent his in about 5 months ago and I sent mine in about 2 months ago.
Chosen brought it up several times, wondering why they hadn't contacted him.
I told him, "Yeah, that's weird. They usually diss my ass right away."
Chosen went as far as to hypothesize that McSweeney's might not even be doing open letters anymore.
I countered that, "Yes they are, silly. I just saw a new Open Letter to Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer the other day." It's true. I really did.
Well two days ago the mystery unfolded when I received the following email:
I apologize for the extreme tardiness of this reply. It isn’t the way I want the website to do business and I’m ashamed that I let it happen under my watch.
I’m sorry as well that I’m going to pass on these for the site. I do hope you won’t hold it against us and will submit again in the future.
I promptly sent it to Chosen and he wrote back with this:
"Good to see they personalized the response. Oh, wait...."
I apologize for the extreme tardiness of this reply. It isn¹t the way I want
the website to do business and I¹m ashamed that I let it happen under my
I¹m sorry as well that I¹m going to pass on this for the site. I do hope you
won¹t hold it against us and will submit again in the future.
Very creative those guys are over at McSweeney's. Very creative, indeed.
*A quick site search reveals that McSweeney's has indeed eliminated their open letters section. So, instead of admitting fault for once hosting a mediocre section, they opted to instead make us feel like we're not good enough (A tear departs my eye). Bastards.