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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Philadelphia Lendry

Dear Editorial Board,

I'm writing on behalf of the Philadelphia Lendry, an experimental lending library which consists of a growing assortment of art, creative services, and cultural ephemera contributed by its members to form a public collection available for borrowing, exhibition, and research. We accept all donations, and it occurs to me that the Journal is both a natural foil and potential partner. (Our curatorial/editorial practices are actually quite similar, in that both the Lendry and the Journal refuse to exercise discernment in acquiring material.)

We at the Lendry are seeking to build our collection in various ways, and we are interested in discussing the possibility of acquiring the Journal's archive of rejected submissions. Would this be of interest to you? Our website is not online yet, but I'm happy to provide you with more information about the Lendry or arrange a discussion with our co-founders.

We hope you'll overcome your natural instinct to reject this offer. If not, we will be nearly as satisfied to gain membership in your rejection collection.

Best regards, and keep up the good work!
The Philadelphia Lendry
(Aislinn, Deborah, Laura, Michael, Nicole, and Olan)
Dear Deborah, Aislinn, Laura, Michael, Nicole, and Olan

Thank you for your generous offer of a partnership betwixt the Philadelphia Lendry and the Journal of Universal Rejection.

I'm afraid I am going to have to reject your offer.  This rejection is not due to our guiding principle (which requires only that we reject submissions for publication) but rather a fine point known as copyright law.  Sadly JofUR does not possess the copyright to the submitted material that we reject.

However, let me propose to you that you may carry a small collection of back-issues of the Journal.  We will grant you the right to display zero issues of JofUR in your collection.  Access to more issues may be acquired for modest prices ranging in the low thousands of euros.

Best regards,

Caleb Emmons, PhD
Journal of Universal Rejection

Dear Caleb, 
Thank you for your reply. We would be delighted to acquire all back-issues of the Journal and have already begun discussing the best way to preserve, catalog, store and display zero issues. Our current fundraising efforts are dedicated to acquiring a door for the Lendry, but I assure you that we will set our sights on raising several thousand euros for additional issues of the JofUR just as soon as we've met our infrastructural needs. In support of our PR initiative, might you be willing to 'Like' the Lendry on Facebook?


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