Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider by Shaun Usher

By Shaun Usher

Letters of word is a set of 1 hundred and twenty 5 of the world's such a lot wonderful, inspiring and weird letters, according to the seismically renowned web site of a similar identify - a web museum of correspondence visited by way of over 70 million humans. From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones despatched to President Eisenhower; from the 1st recorded use of the expression 'OMG' in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's allure for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's appealing letter of recommendation to a stricken younger fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's notable activity software letter, Letters of notice is a party of the facility of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, unhappiness and brilliance that make up all of our lives. together with letters from: Queen Elizabeth II, Elvis Presley, Charles Schulz, Leonardo da Vinci, Iggy Pop, Fidel Castro, Anais Nin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Charles Dickens, Katharine Hepburn, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Clementine Churchill, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and lots of extra.

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In support of your position of outrage, you posit the hypothetical scenario regarding the possibly ‘angry’ reaction of Muslims to material they might find similarly offensive. Here is my question to you: Are you tacitly condoning the violent terrorism of a handful of thugs to whom the idea of ‘freedom of speech’ and tolerance is perhaps as foreign as Christ’s message itself? indd 19 01/07/2013 11:28 implying that their intolerance to contrary beliefs is justifiable, admirable, or perhaps even preferable to one of acceptance and forgiveness, then I wonder what your true beliefs really are.

I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp. I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.

005 I HEAR YOU LIKE TOMATO SOUP WILLIAM P. indd 18 As product marketing manager for Campbell’s, William MacFarland must have been overjoyed with the incredible public reaction to Andy Warhol’s first exhibition as a fine artist in 1962. Present at Los Angeles’ Ferus Gallery was Warhol’s now world-famous, unmistakable Campbell’s Soup Cans piece: 32 silk screened portraits, each representing a different variety of the company’s soup product, all arranged in a single line. These works helped bring the Pop art movement to the masses and provoked huge debate in all corners of the art world – all the while holding a certain soup brand in the limelight.

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