“For as long as I can remember, I have depended on the U.S. Postal Service to bring new information and ideas into my world, and to help me share things with others.”
In 2010, Marc Fischer experienced postal trauma when he moved away from his beloved Nancy B. Jefferson Post Office on the Near West Side and became a customer of the Roberto Clemente Post Office in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, which was just three blocks from his apartment. “Rather than forfeit the ability to mail things close to home, I did what any normal person with access to social media would do: I kept going back there and then complained about it on the internet.” Gathered together for the first time, Deliverance presents all of Fischer’s Facebook post office—related posts since 2011. Part archive and part therapeutic exercise, this collection documents Fischer’s committed but fraught bond with Chicago’s post offices.
“Deliverance is a book that is filled with complaints about the post office (everyone has been forgiven for years now), but that was then and this is now. Now it’s time to acknowledge how critical the USPS is for publishers and readers, and to celebrate their increasingly dangerous work—work that they do even to deliver books that are critical of the post office. We have much bigger things to worry about now. I wish all of the Logan Square Post Office employees safety and good health in the continuing struggle.”—Marc Fischer