Before the next time you email, tweet or update your Facebook status, we’d like to call your attention to Letters of Note, a terrific site that, in its own words, is “an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.” Mission accomplished!
Shaun Usher, a freelance writer, started the site in September and has already amassed a treasure trove of correspondence: Joe Strummer’s opinion of the Boss (“Bruce is Great If you don’t agree with that you’re a pretentious Martian from Venus”); a 1957 letter from J.D. Salinger to a producer explaining why he won’t sell the film rights to Catcher in the Rye; Hunter S. Thompson’s scathing fax to a studio executive (it begins, “Okay, you lazy bitch”); and, our personal favorite, David Bowie’s 1967 typed thank-you reply to his first piece of American fan mail. With every entry, there’s a scan of the original document, along with a transcript for easier reading. We promise, it is every bit as interesting as your Twitter.
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