In early March, Alex Goldman, a thirty-five-year-old podcast host who looks like he might have once played guitar in a pop-punk band, received an e-mail from a friend with whom he once played guitar in a pop-punk band. The band was more or less defunct—jobs, wives, children—and the group’s drummer was writing to say that she was moving from Brooklyn to Kentucky. The e-mail, addressed to Goldman and the band’s two other members, proposed getting together for “one more kick-ass goodbye bonanza.” The lead singer responded within hours, followed by the bassist a few days later. They sent e-mails back and forth discussing dates, venues, the set list, and where to find a functioning drum kit. “Goldman, what say you?” the rhythm guitarist wrote. A month later, filled with what he described as the “anxiety of having to say yes,” Goldman still had not said anything at all.Goldman is the host of Reply All, a podcast about life on the Internet. Earlier this month, inspired by his e-mail-induced anxiety, he and his co-host, P. J. Vogt, announced the creation of a new holiday: E-Mail Debt Forgiveness Day, which was held yesterday, on April 30th.
Every Day Should Be E-Mail Debt Forgiveness Day
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