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Evan Lee

A Brand New Archaic Blog

= Est. 2023 =

A Brand New Archaic Blog
= Est. 2023 by Evan Lee =

Brand New Archaic Blog
= Est. 2023 by Evan Lee =



A Brand New Archaic Blog

= Est. 2023 =

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Me! Evan Lee

A writer who delivers other people’s literature. Also mildly obsessed with cassette tapes.

Evan Lee

I'm a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service, earning that title during the pandemic when it was one of the few places still hiring.

Before that, I was an intern reporter for The MetroWest Daily News and the news editor of The Gatepost, Framingham State University’s independent student newspaper. I graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Journalism and Business Administration.

You can call me a bit of a news junkie. Catch me on the clock at work and there’s a good chance you'll hear WBZ 1030 or NPR coming out the window of my mail truck. Otherwise, make that classic rock and new wave spinning through my cassette player.

I love music and vintage audio, recording mixtapes and repairing old Walkmans were some of my favorite pandemic pastimes. I’m also a mediocre guitarist.


The Greater Boston Graphite

My hand-coded blog. A place to host old writing portfolios and also publish new work.

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I call it A Brand New Archaic Blog because I built this site myself - Web 1.0 style. Handwritten HTML, CSS and a touch of JavaScript miraculously link together to display this very page. But more on that later...

What’s the site about, anyway? Well, it’s a personal blog, so I’d like to write about my hobbies and interests here! Music and politics, of course, but also adventures I’ve gone on, local news, and maybe even some creative fiction. Always love a good Sci-Fi.

Beyond the blog, I’ve also added portfolios of my previous work at MetroWest Daily and The Gatepost. Much of it revolves around the pandemic culture of 2020. But, also look out for an infamous Metric/Imperial debate spanning several Gatepost Op/Ed sections and a fun feature about the free press in Minecraft.

Now, back to the website itself - The Greater Boston Graphite?

It’s named after where I live, Greater Boston, and my favorite writing tool, the graphite pencil. This appears in a lot of my logos, which I also made myself... mostly in MS Paint.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


First online Fall 2023

But in the works since Spring 2020.
Thanks Covid...

Postal Truck, 1987 Grumman LLV

I started building this website during my senior year of college, originally just to be an online portfolio for my articles. The idea was to have everything up and running by the end of summer to share with potential employers, but then Covid had other plans.

The class of 2020 did not graduate into a great job market. Stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns had ground the country to a halt. I remember my editors at MetroWest Daily taking turns going on furlough.

Opportunities for an aspiring writer, then, seemed bleak. And I lost interest in finishing the website.

Meanwhile, I noticed my Dad - a letter carrier for over 20 years - working more hours than I’d ever seen before. His job with the Postal Service was frontline essential and not allowed to halt.

All those stimulus checks, mail-in ballots and prescription medication orders had to be delivered by someone, anyway.

This wasn’t exactly the opportunity I was looking for. But, when most people live in fear of being laid off, you take what you can get. I joined USPS that fall.

For the next two and a half years, I endured 10-to-12 hour shifts, six-to-seven days a week, as a third our office was perpetually down with Covid. One of my only real breaks at the time was when I caught the disease myself.

It wasn’t until the pandemic eased in 2023 that I finally got back on track with what I really wanted to do in life.

Guaranteed days off, for one, have allowed me to regain focus on old projects and set my sights on future goals, like finally launching this blog and getting myself back into writing.


Spoiler Alert: Greater Boston

Mainly the surrounding area east of Boston, but I visit the city every now and then too.

Ashland MBTA Station

I live, and work, in my hometown of Ashland, about 40 minutes from Boston via The Pike. The Postal Service has also sent me as far south as Blackstone, along the Rhode Island border, and as north as Concord, having me deliver to many towns I once reported in for MetroWest Daily.

Traveling around Greater Boston is a unique experience, it’s one of few regions in the United States where structures pre-dating the country stand side-by-side with the most modern architecture. So, there’s always something new, or old, to find and write a story about here.

In Ashland alone, several new parks and trails have been built alongside an entire downtown revitalization effort. I’ve taken much advantage of the new Mill Pond Bridge, which leads to a trail right near the center of town. It’s a great little escape into nature for the community.

But, I also enjoy escaping Ashland all together to explore the many other scenic sites this region has to offer. Be that taking a day trip into the city just to walk around, or heading up north to hike some mountains.


To get back into writing

It’s a passion of mine and what I’d like to eventually find a career in.

Smith-Corona Typewriter

My calling to be a writer came about during college. In fact, it began with my very first freshman year class - Expository Writing 110. The professor was a harsh critic, infamous for forcing rewrites till he deemed a paper worth any grade at all. But it was here I learned the value of revision.

How does my work read? Does it flow well from start to finish? Are there any grammar mistakes? Incoherencies, big or small, can turn off a reader before they even reach the point of an article.

That’s why pencils are such an icon of this site, revision is built into their design.

Compositions in Political Science further taught me the importance of logic. How sound is my work? Will the sentence I’m writing now conflict with anything I’ve written before? Do all premises ring true to validate my conclusion? Each is key to making a strong argument.

Finally, reporting for The Gatepost and MetroWest Daily showed me why this work is worth pursuing. It’s an opportunity to share new insights, info, or just a bit of entertainment with the community, all in my own words. And that, above all, is why I love writing.

I’ve gotten away from it these past few years, blame lack of motivation. But this blog gives me a reason to start back up again.


With a handmade website

Many a late night spent fixing one issue, just to fix everything else that broke as a result.

Website screenshot

Everyone has a website these days, what makes this any different?

Well, like a blast from the past, this one was built completely from scratch. Each page was lovingly, and frustratingly, handwritten in HTML, CSS and JavaScript - the three primordial languages of web development.

No Wix or Wordpress templates here. Just a classic, static site written in Notepad++ and hosted freely through GitHub Pages.

Of course, a modern website builder would have been far quicker and easier to work with. Much more so than raw files anyway. But, creative freedom will always be limited to their templates and themes.

I wanted to break away from that. Like the Geocities and MySpace blogs that pioneered Web 1.0, here I can have a design that’s truly my own.

The site’s overall style is inspired by the iconic look of old print newspapers. Off whites, graphite grays and faded yellows make up my content.

But, form follows function. And no matter what device you may be reading this on, I’ve made sure the site will always be responsive to you.

Try resizing your browser or tilting your phone sideways! The content and menus will adapt and change to suit your specific screen size.

Bonus: Are there any easter eggs to find here?

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