[The Listserve] The visceral, the extraordinary

An antipodean

Last night you had a glittering, magnificent dream that swirls around you and makes your heart burst, full of wonder. The next day you go to the cinema and they are playing your dream on the big screen to you and the audience. That’s how I describe, ...

[The Listserve] How to make salad

Lindsay Sauve

Salad is perfect food. I love salad. And not because I'm a health fanatic. I'm interested in all types of food. But salad is food in its finest, purest, and freshest form. Salad is endless combinations of edible sunlight. It is kinder, gentler food for ...

[The Listserve] The power of numbers

Russell Bowman

11: the number of the month where two of the most important events of my life occurred. 207: the number of days since I met the most incredible person in my life. 201: the number of days since Donald J. Trump won the presidency 15: the number...

[The Listserve] For five years, we kept this a secret.

Ben Zeiger

I need your help to change the way we tell stories. My name is Ben, and I’m a writer living in NYC. For the past few years my closest friends and I have been developing this idea. A while back we read this article about a down and out-of-luck boxer i...

[The Listserve] If you can read this, thank a teacher


Public school teachers are tired. We are tired of working long long hours for not enough money. We are tired of people complaining that we aren't doing enough or changing enough or preparing kids the right way. We are tired of spending our own money on ...

[The Listserve] Life's not always what you expect.

Natalie Deans

When I was younger I had all these big plans for when I grew up. They developed and changed over the years, as I did - but hopes and aspirations were always there. And I always believed I'd achieve them. But life doesn't always turn out, actually it...

[The Listserve] Some Advice From My Grandfather


It was 1991 and I was 10 years old. Six years earlier I had moved with my mother and father from Calcutta, India to Fargo, North Dakota, so my father could obtain his PhD, and thereafter we settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It could not have felt far...

[The Listserve] Penguins can projectile poo and other lessons learned (the hard way)

Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato

Penguins can projectile poop. If you take nothing away from this post, know that penguins can blast feces out of their bottoms like squirt guns—and that I found this out the hard way. I was in Antarctica, crouched behind a penguin colony with a sc...

[The Listserve] passion and joy


Hey there! I've always wondered about how everyone writing these emails seems to have some amazing story or at least some great insight. I'm not sure if I have that, but I'm going to try. I'm 26 and currently working on becoming a teacher. Or I alre...

[The Listserve] Why I've chosen to be happy

Austin Bard

For Sara, Love Austin My name is Austin and I’m going to tell you why I’ve chosen to be happy. Before I start I just want to clarify that I am not a hippie type person by any means, just someone who has seen how much of a cruel person I was and is...

[The Listserve] Alphabetically


Letters and words ….I like playing with them. So I’ll use the alphabet to guide me through the unusual task of addressing thousands of you out there not knowing whether this has been done before, as I have only been a member of the list for a few week...

[The Listserve] Are you reading this?


I just found my winning listserve email - a month too late. If you are reading this, it's all because someone made the decision to let you read it. Thank you, someone. So, as Perd Hapley would say, I'm going to tell you some things as soon as I finis...

[The Listserve] The Launch


I was 22, grew up in Cupertino, I was a high school dropout, I never used a Mac before in my life, but I taught myself to make websites when I was 13, I said yes to every task and was willing to work my butt off. So, yay, job at Apple. I worked to he...

[The Listserve] What is the last thing you did for the first time?

Coralie D.

Lucky me ! It's the second time I win. Two years ago, i asked a question : what is the last thing you did for the first time? So, now I will answer at this question. The last week, I biked from Paris to Amsterdam with a wooden bike for 4 days. It was...

[The Listserve] Beautiful Bruises


I just celebrated failing my second sailing class by buying a 23 foot sail boat. Learning from a book just didn't make any sense. It was like learning how to make out from a pamphlet. You just have to get out there and swap fluids. Anyway, back to ...

[The Listserve] The Secret Life of a Distillery Owner

Sas Stewart

As a thank you to all the people who don't close their curtains at night and let me have glimpses of their worlds, I'd like to give you a vulnerable and honest list of a day in my life. Couple points of context: I own a distillery here in Vermont (S...

[The Listserve] Old Patterns

Elihu Jones / Honeyfitz

Hey everyone! I’ve had a busy couple days. I was actually worried that the deadline for submitting this had passed, but I guess not. Just last week I told someone I live in fear of winning the listserve, so it might have been a relief if I had missed...

[The Listserve] hello i am a real human being emailing you

Peter Downs

Do you want to learn more about semiotics, sociology, psychology, computer science, futurism, introspection, internet art? Go look up: The Last Psychiatrist Meaningness systems crisis breakdown Idlewords superintelligence gnovis habermas public sp...

[The Listserve] You Matter

MacKenzie Shapiro

You matter. What you do matters. I've been a subscriber for years, since I was thirteen, and like every subscriber I've wondered what I would say when I had the chance. Now my chance has come, and I flat out balked. I'm actually pretty terrified beca...

[The Listserve] Why You Should Talk to Strangers

Michael Tapp

Growing up my parents taught me not to chat up creepers, as parents do. Fast forward 20 years, l and I had just moved to New York. I was working as a video camera operator, shooting architectural photos as a hobby and I didn't have any portraits in my ...

[The Listserve] The Pope vs. Elon Musk


I recently viewed two TED talks. In one, the Pope spoke about the necessity to care for people in need, to stay hopeful, and to be tender with one another. In the other, Elon Musk shared his dreams of underground tunnels that shorten our commute...

[The Listserve] Mokitas and software


Hello fellow listservians! Today I'm going to introduce you to a word you may not have heard before: mokita. A mokita is “the truth we all know but agree not to talk about". In English, the concept is maybe best rendered as "the elephant in the ro...

[The Listserve] Running at brick walls


Hey Listers, Quite a surprise for me to finally win and get to write something to y’all. I’ve very much enjoyed the list and love what it brings out in people, though I must admit that lately I haven’t been reading it much. Not sure why. It’s inte...

[The Listserve] A Better Way to YOLO


Consider the word “syndrome,” it is defined as something strictly psychological – in your head – something you alone created and thus must resolve yourself. Many people of color at higher institutions are said to suffer from imposter syndrome, but suppo...

[The Listserve] Life's Important Moments / Fatherhood

Adam S

Hi Friends- Have you ever won a lottery? Me neither, except for the fact that we my wife and I welcomed a beautiful baby boy just a few weeks ago -- perfect in every way, and for that I feel grateful and like I have won the best lottery in the world...

[The Listserve] Thank you!

Alex S.

5 years subscribed to the listserve, finally won the lottery and I have no idea what to write. They only give you 48 hours, and I have a job and little kids! So I just want to say thanks to all of you who shared your stories and other writings. For thos...

[The Listserve] Five parts one

Kate Schnippering

They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, for better or for worse. In that case, here is my introduction. I am one part adventurer. I climb big snowy mountains. I thrive in extreme conditions, risk, and uncertain e...

[The Listserve] i like saying the word pancakes more than i like to eat them

Hannah C

My friends and I play this game that we've named the Question Game. There is a rift as to whether it is just structured conversation (totally is) or a game. But adding the word game implies that there are rules and rewards and sometimes enables people t...

[The Listserve] THE LIFE PLAN

The Listserve

From a wee little infant We begin to decide Who we'll be when we're older And our options are wide Our wants are confusing And rather contrived How can a 5 year old know what to strive for, When she doesn't yet know who she is inside? So we ...

[The Listserve] this is just about me


Hi Listserve, I have no advice or recipes for you. Maybe you have some for me? I live alone, I’ve never had a boyfriend, I don’t have a stable career, I’m out of shape, and I don’t have a ton of friends nearby. It’s lonely, and I feel little motiv...