a little light reading

A column in last weekend’s Independent pointed me in the direction of Shaun Usher’s blog Letters of Note. In his own words, ‘Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.’ and it more than meets that promise.

Click through a few links from the ‘most read’ list and you will enjoy a glimpse of real variety; from a letter a President wrote to a 10 year old girl who asked for advice on how to respond to those who saw her parents same sex marriage as “gross and weird”, to the letter a Czech mother, who was a socialist politician, wrote to her daughter on the eve of her death at the hands of the ruling communist regime. I urge you to take a look.

There are plenty of lighter moments too. One of my favourites is a memo from the creators of South Park to the Motion Picture Association of America about the rating of South Park the Movie.

And if that all feels a bit too much like homework, try Usher’s collection of letterheads, Letterheady, instead. It’s a similarly eclectic, but equally interesting collection of letterheads, which sees a piece of Nelson Mandela’s paper listed next to Grateful Dead letterhead.

Have a good weekend.


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