jueves, 30 de junio de 2011

Letters of Note

Dear Reader,

This post is dedicated to you especially if, like me, you are still at work. While the rest of the world is making sandcastles, you and I are looking for a board pen that doesn't leak, or ferrying two hundred sweaty and libidinous teens around London.

I thought I'd share with you one of my absolute favourite blogs. And it's neither an EFL site nor a techy one. It's plainly and simply a collections of letters,  Letters of Note. It's a tribute to curator Shaun Usher's perseverance and dedication that he has collected such a fine corpus. I salute you, Shaun.

But it's also a testament to the power of that odd combination of ink, paper and distance as a channel, seedbed and butterfly net for human emotion. You'll find here outrage, ambition, sympathy, paranoia, sorrow, encouragement, humour, complaint, madness and pretty much every other feeling there is:

A pant-wettingly hilarious memo on bad language in 1890s baseball. John Hinkley's eerily tender stalking letter to Jodie Foster, written hours before he shot Ronald Reagan. Queen Victoria's elegant and moving letter of condolance to Abraham Lincoln's widow. Oil magnate Tiger Mike's terrifyingly vitriolic business memos.
(Use the search engine embedded in the website. Or better still, browse.)

But here is possibly my favourite - how a 6-year-old got his dream job. This also includes a video interview, by the way, but for my money the letter is the star of the show.

Must write off now. Got to go scuba-diving do some photocopying.

Wish you were here (instead of me).

Ever yours,

Alan xxx

5 comentarios:

  1. Oh yes still at work... with a month to go! But love your boardwork of a better place :-)

  2. Nice pic! Sorry for arriving late, have been teaching summer school!!

  3. HAhaha, lovely photo Alan, I like it when you make up things like that and make me laugh! I'm still working, and soon will be ferrying teenagrers around London... Wnjoy your summer and remember there are people who are not as lucky as you and live near an airport, not near the sea!

  4. Thanks Anna, Dave and Tizi. Your companionship along this lonely summer road is appreciated! Cocktails all round.

  5. Hi Pal! I can see you're doing fine. Drop few lines how to get in touch with you at dovgiel@gmail.com pls.
    Tomek from Poznan