Email #338: Congratulations on your retirement, Congressman

I began writing you daily letters almost a year ago. Although I have several more letters drafted on a range of issues that you will continue to influence until you leave office in December 2018, I will forego sending them. Since you have announced that you are retiring, I am retiring my personal letter campaign. Despite our differences, please accept my sincere wishes for a happy retirement.


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017).

5 thoughts on “Email #338: Congratulations on your retirement, Congressman”

  1. One problem with being rational is that it prevents one from believing in Karma (in the pop-cultural sense of the word.) Goodlatte will have wonderful Health-Care, a sweet government pension, honoraria for speaking in front of the numerous special interests he’s served so well, and other perks we can only imagine. So, wishes, thoughts, and prayers aside – it is as close to a guarantee as one could hope for the Gentleman from Virgina will have a “happy retirement.”


  2. Thank you Chris for your daily efforts to shine a light on the actions, and inactions, of our “representative”. Your thoughtful and informative letters made me more informed and I am sure contributed to his retirement decision. Thank you and keep up the good fight!


  3. Thank you so much, everyone. The outpouring on Facebook has been so uplifting, some 200 likes on this final post, and so so many kind comments. When I started, I thought of the blog as just a personal journal. But it has over 20,000 views now, with this last week the second biggest since March. That’s tiny in the big picture, but I’m happy to be a drop in a very big bucket. And it’s great to step away at such a positive moment. Thanks to everyone who has ever stopped by.


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