Over the 28 years that 8 DAYS has been in print, before we went fully digital this September, we’ve had our fair share of fan letters. Sure, there was the occasional brickbat (shout out to the aspiring sub-editor dude who sent us torn magazine pages with every typo circled in red). But it was mostly warm, fuzzy messages from longtime readers — everyone from students to retirees — who took time out from their day to send us some love.
For some reason, we never had a chance to interact with another group of people who read 8 DAYS — the people who have experienced life behind prison walls. Therein lies the unfortunate limitation of print. Unlike an online comment posted in mere seconds on Facebook or Instagram, it’s not as easy for readers of our print magazine to give their feedback. You’d have to type out an e-mail, craft a message, or, if you have no Internet access but are very determined, put a stamp on a letter and painstakingly mail it to us.