Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Letters Of Note (Of The Day)

Oh, how I love Letters Of Note, a site that brings us rare, candid correspondence from famous people like Arthur C. Clarke, James Dean, Laura (Mrs. Aldous) Huxley, Steve Martin, Mark Twain, Slash, David Bowie, Matt Stone and more.

Here's one from Conan O'Brien to a teenager who asked him to her prom.

A few more I liked. Click the link on each name to read the full pieces.

"You are an idiot of the 33rd degree, and scion of an ancestral procession of idiots stretching back to the Missing Link." - Mark Twain tells off a snake oil salesman as only Mark Twain could.

"Hang on, my love, and grow big and strong and take your hits and keep going." - Iggy Pop has a heart.

"After desperately trying to improve our situation for two months and having been met with bland smiles I told the guards just what I was going to do to them when the Russians came. They beat me up a little." - Kurt Vonnegut writes home after being rescued from a Nazi POW camp in 1945.

"My latest update, though, goes like this: I got married, I have two boys who I love more than anything in the world, and I'm a writer now, just like you." - Wil Wheaton writes a letter to the past.

"Okay, you lazy bitch, I'm getting tired of this waterhead fuckaround that you're doing with The Rum Diary." - Hunter S. Thompson doesn't care much for movie studios.

"Good drawing is more important than anything else in animation. More than ideas, style, stories. Everything starts with good drawing." - John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy) not only answers a 14yo fanboy's letter, but gives him some quick lessons in illustration.

"In case anyone does not know who owns Tiger Oil Company, it is me, Edward Mike Davis. Do not let anyone think they are owner but me." - Hilariously angry missives from a perpetually pissed-off (former) CEO, The Tiger Oil Memos.

Many more at Letters Of Note. Go ahead and bookmark it now, because you'll be going back.


  1. I love Mark Twain's snarly letter. I love the words he chooses and the way he uses them. He has always been and always will be a writer I admire.

    Iggy Pop's letter was really sweet. He apparently isn't a big fan of capitalization, but I guess you can't have everything.

    Cool site!

  2. Mark Twain's was the best. The South Park memo cracked me up, though.

    I did bookmark it! I can waste a LOT of time there. :)

  3. If I had to work for Mr. Tiger Oil, I'd either be in jail for physical aggression or VP of the company.



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