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E-mail is sexy, but it is killing the "p.s."

There are 50 ways to leave your lover according to Paul Simon. But sending a valedictory e-mail, the boy decided, having just done it, was not one of them. It was nasty, brutish and far too long.

In retrospect, this seemed inexplicable. Their romance had been nurtured by e-mail. E-mail billets doux are very much in vogue. Hundreds of thousands of them, maybe millions, are whizzing from screen to screen right now, across the country, around the world. Despite the efforts of unromantic employers to curb their illicit use, amorous e-mails are constantly spooned out during working hours. While everyone…

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