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When The Goal Of An Email Is To Stir A Sense Of Dread

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Virginia Heffernan and Paul Ford are sending each other bogus e-mails - messages you would hate to receive at work. They publish them on Medium.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And she writes, can you give me a quick call?

INSKEEP: He replies with codes for a recurring conference call.

MONTAGNE: She announces he missed the Aetna enrollment period.

INSKEEP: He sends a sign-up sheet for office massage circle.

MONTAGNE: She tops that with a memo on shared sacrifice. He will no longer be paid.

INSKEEP: Sort of romantic. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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