About today letter
I’m Christie, a writer, editor, and journalist in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of Today Letter. Nice to meet you.
I started this letter in the fall of 2016 as a personal project—not much more than an exercise and an outlet. I missed writing. I didn’t make time for it anymore, and my day job working at a magazine focused on other people’s words, not my own. I had daydreamed for decades (yes, decades) of writing a book, but was no closer to beginning one than I had been as a child, when those first inclinations began to rise to the surface like cream.
So this time I took a different approach. A letter isn’t a book. A letter is simple. A letter is something you can write throughout the week or in one long breath. By turning it into a newsletter and telling myself that a few people expected it at a certain time on a certain day—well, that felt like something I could do.
About a month after I started, which happened to be about a month before the 2016 presidential election, one of my letters, “Grab her,” went viral. After what was then 12 years in publishing, it was a first. Many of you reading this now may be doing so as a result of that letter. A few subscribers turned into a few thousand and, even more wonderful, people started writing to tell me their own stories. It has been one of the joys of my life.
This letter is still evolving. Its schedule is not always consistent and I have taken longer breaks from it than I would like, but it has, in many ways, come to feel like home. I hope it helps others feel a little bit of that, too.