Exclusive “Dear Future Me” Book Excerpt

What will the future be like? In our August 2007 issue of how, we dedicate the whole issue to exploring the future of design. But we’re not the only ones making predictions. The new book “Dear Future Me: Hopes, Fears, Secrets, Resolutions,” compiled by Matt Sly and Jay Patrikios (founders of the website that spawned all this, www.futureme.org) spotlights this phenomenon with its compilation of letters that people have written to themselves … in the future.

The idea is simple—people can visit www.futureme.org and write letters to themselves to be delivered at some point in the future, whether it’s one year or twenty years later. Since the website was created, it has collected more than 400,000 letters, many of them open to the public. With time-capsule appeal, this book collects the best of those letters to provide a glimpse into the lives of everyday people, providing a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, but always insightful look into our culture and society—and ultimately ourselves.

The fascinating letters in this collection are alternately sweet, sad, funny, desperate, angry and hopeful as they peek into the lives of ordinary people from around the world as they reveal their most intimate hopes and fears.

Download an exclusive excerpt from this brand new book.

HOW August 2007

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