Monday, April 30, 2012

Letters of Note

Let's bring back letters. Real, hand-written, heartfelt, witty letters. As text messages and emails increasingly become our only mode of communication, (an iphone to actually call someone? Don't be silly.) may I suggest the need to slow it down and go old-school. Because frankly, mail has become a depressing cycle of bills & ad flyers, and we need to make it fun again. I have been making an effort to drop a card or two in the mail now and then, and it makes a big difference.
 Therefore, I was elated when a blog entitled "Letters of Note" was recently brought to my attention. Here I found "an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at." Notes from Woody Allen to Diane Keaton? Ramblings from Hemingway? Yes, please. So, what are you waiting for? Get reading! (And writing). See a sample letter from Woody to Diane below:

Beet Head,
Humans are clean slates. There are no qualities indigenous to men or women. True, there is a different biology, but all defining choices in life affect both sexes & a woman, any woman is capable of defining herself with total FREEDOM. Therefore women are anything they choose to be & frequently have chosen & defined themselves greater than men. Don't be fooled by THE ARTS! They're no big deal; certainly no excuse for people acting like jerks & by that I mean, so what if up till now there were very few women artists. There may have been women far deeper than, say, Mozart or Da Vinci but contributing their genius in a different socially circumscribed context. Note how I switched from pen to pencil at this moment because in Lelouch's film, A MAN & A WOMAN, he switches from color to black & White—So I underline my point using the same symbolism—Very clever? OK, then, very stupid. ~ Woody


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