As a food writer with a special passion for the foods of Southeast Asia, I was excited about the 2000 Worlds of Flavor International Conference and Festival, Mick Vann writes. My pulse quickened and I salivated uncontrollably every time the possibility of attending crossed my mind. I would love to go, but my financial picture was in its usual bleak and blurry mode. Then came the call from my editor. I had gotten a surprise, last-minute press pass.
For years, mail art has been enlivening the world's postal systems and creating a "meeting of minds" among creative types across the world. Three Austin artists are profiled in a look at the history and continuing appeal of mail art.