My question is, if he didn't have a computer, how did he hear about Soft Skull? How did he get our address? Did he have somebody on the outside who listened to his idea, did the man ask this friend a favor - will you get the address of some publishers for me?
The envelope had apparently been sitting around on a shelf for months, already opened. So, some intern had opened it, read it and forgotten about it? This man was sitting in a box somewhere, his journal sent off to strangers. Was he waiting for a response? What did he actually expect?
Then I got distracted, too, by a manuscript sent to us with a return address for a man called Commander Pants. He wasn't funny.