"Letters are a serious lifeline. Unlike rushed phone calls and visits they afford you time to think. It’s the nearest you’ll get to genuine interaction with the people you’re closest to.
"People will feel pressure to write you deep/interesting/long letters which are great, but also encourage them to just keep you in the social loop... get them to scribble down everyday gossip or the meaningless kind of stuff you’d send them in a text message, ask them to print the stupid LOLCAT memes, Facebook statuses, jokes you take for granted on the internet, or maybe an article they would forward to you if you were free.
"When you begin to understand that the prison environment often isn't the problem, it’s the feeling of the outside world keeping moving while you feel like you’re stuck in a cryogenic ice cube, it’s easy to see how these frivolous pieces of contact can make a critical difference."