In 2006, I created
a fictional email exchange between a woman named Sue, and her now-former
boyfriend Jay. It was a sad exchange--he was no longer talking to
her. I then printed out 1,200 copies of Sue's final email, and placed
them on car windshields in 6 different cities across the US (Boston,
San Francisco, LA, New York City, Portland OR, and Portland ME).
Since Jay and Sue's email addresses were on the flyers, the recipients
could perform a relatively easy good deed by writing to either Sue
For each of the
6 cities, Jay and Sue have a different email address that was listed
on the flyer--this way, I can tell where the flyer had been found,
based on which email account received a response. I have received
dozens of emails from some cities, and none from others. While many
writers expressed confusion over why they had gotten the flyer,
almost all of them expressed compassion for Jay and Sue's situation.
To read the original
flyer, and some of the responses, scroll down.