Hold onto your Freundschaftsbrief, everyone: Jezebel gives the creepy, weepy e-mail exchange between Mark Sanford and “Maria” the old grad-student treatment—an interpretation “from a literary, cultural, theological, and numerological perspective”—with the brilliant and occasionally hilarious “The Mark Sanford Emails: A Textual Analysis.”

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.