Is the Post Office dying? So many speculations state that this might be so. As the world gets more dependent on fast technology and delivery services, postal service tales are nothing but mere stories of an antiquated past where mailmen rule the streets of every community. Such amazing tales is the essence of Sullivan Brill’s “Letter, Lens, Looking Glass: A Portland Postman’s Audio Cartoon.” An audio blog that recaptures a postal employee’s daily grind, it is mostly set in Portland, Oregon’s City of Roses. With fun amazing characters like Terra the Squirrel (who is also the narrator), Reese the All-American cockroach, Dunstan “Scruffy” Coles the mail carrier, Anton Slenson, Smoker Kools, Sebastian Crow, the demented grandmom, Anisa the Afghan hound and Ragnar the Rottweiler, enjoying this fun narrative with cool sound effects is a perfect companion while re-learning at the same time the value of postal services.
One can simply visit the author’s audio blog site and listen directly to the tales using any media player on a computer or download it directly to an iPod shuffle or device with the capability to save mp3 files. Aside from the amazing sound effects, the use of creative and articulate words as it flow from narrator to characters proved to be very enchanting. Mr. Brill has a way of conveying messages that can touch a person’s core. Amidst the fun-filled way it is presented, listening between the lines can give one an idea on the many woes that a midway postal employee feels, that is, in the same as the industry of postal services must be so as it slowly erodes through time.