Letters of Note

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I saw this note on the door of an antique shop I tried to go to today.
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Wonderful. Spike Milligan writes to Peter Sellers about their fellow Goon.
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Wonderful. Spike Milligan writes to Peter Sellers about their fellow Goon.
I'm hearing rumours that some of you haven't subscribed to the Letters of Note newsletter, which a well-placed source tells me is the world's greatest newsletter about letters. It's never too late to sign up: bit.ly/3nF2qXg
Thomas Wolfe’s 1938 letter to Maxwell Perkins, written from hospital shortly before he died, is really moving: news.lettersofnote.com/p/ive-got-a-hu…
On this day in letters...
I have two speeds of responding to your email: 1) Within 7 seconds 2) Never
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“You would be so proud.” Uhuru Houston was one of 72 officers to die during the Sept 11 attacks. He left behind his wife, Sonya and their two children. A decade after his death, Sonya wrote him a letter: news.lettersofnote.com/p/you-would-be…
Huge congratulations to my brother. Very proud. twitter.com/GaryUsher_/sta…
Declining in style. Edith Sitwell, born on this day in 1887. news.lettersofnote.com/p/i-hate-every…
Italo Calvino on abortion, in a 1975 letter to fellow writer Claudio Magris. The whole letter is highly recommended: news.lettersofnote.com/p/abortion-is-…
Then there's the letter from Gregory Peck, in which he wonders whether there was something between them years ago that prompted the negative reviews. And he finishes by recalling the time Joe Cotten pulled a chair out from beneath Hedda Hopper at an event. Slightly creepy.
Seeing mention of film critic Pauline Kael reminded me of two letters in particular, both directed at Kael back in the day (she was inundated). The first, from filmmaker George Roy Hill in 1969, that begins 'Listen, you miserable bitch...'
Thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating and thought-provoking piece by @Dorianlynskey on 'the hatchet job' unherd.com/2021/09/the-dy…
Reality has a lot to answer for.
These are the best letter sign-offs I have ever read! "I touch you with cheerful spirits" is my particular favourite Might start being more adventurous at signing off whatsapp messages twitter.com/LettersOfNote/…
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Currently reading this collection of letters between Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova and economist John Keynes and I’m struggling to think of someone who ended letters as brilliantly as Lopokova.
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Loads more of these amazing sign-offs here: bit.ly/3jDr881
There are many more. Worth getting hold of a copy purely for those.
Currently reading this collection of letters between Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova and economist John Keynes and I’m struggling to think of someone who ended letters as brilliantly as Lopokova.
Grumpy Darwin letter bonanza: bit.ly/3kJZ5TC
On this day in letters.
An updated edition of the original Letters of Note book is out next month with a fresh look, some new letters added to the postbag, and, at long last, a star-studded audiobook, some of which I've just finished recording in an airless cupboard under the stairs.
"Between strokes of good fortune, I have been toying with the idea of making you my impending child’s godfather. However, before doing this officially, I would like to see a notarized statement of your overall assets." —Letters from Groucho Marx: news.lettersofnote.com/p/words-in-cas…
On 30 Oct, 2 years after our @RoyalAlbertHall debut, we're taking @letterslive back to this incredible venue. Tickets go on sale in 7 mins: royalalberthall.com/tickets/events…
Current listening: Listen to Letters of Note: Dogs by Shaun Usher on Audible. audible.co.uk/pd/1838851852?…
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(The book is Letters of Note: Music and we had to get permission from Lee to include it. His emails are as amusing as you’d imagine. Lovely guy.)
RIP Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, reggae legend and proud defender of Paul McCartney.
“You can’t brood or sulk or smash around in a drunken frenzy. Smashing around gives the world’s insects & worms the upper hand, & if you smash yourself dead, they won’t give a damn...” —Louise Bogan’s letters of advice to fellow poet Theodore Roethke: news.lettersofnote.com/p/fight-with-y…
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“You can’t brood or sulk or smash around in a drunken frenzy. Smashing around gives the world’s insects & worms the upper hand, & if you smash yourself dead, they won’t give a damn...” —Louise Bogan’s letters of advice to fellow poet Theodore Roethke: news.lettersofnote.com/p/fight-with-y…
That can be found in Letters of Note: Dogs, which is a book filled with nothing but letters about………dogs. Fetch a copy from here: books.lettersofnote.com/products/lette…
Never forget that George Bush Sr's dog got so fat in 1992 that he (Bush) sent this memo to all White House staff. #InternationalDogDay
"I am beginning to wonder what I did all the time until I registered for VAT." —Philip Larkin to Victor Bonham-Carter, 25 April 1977
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