Tuesday, October 06, 2009
My New Obsession- Letters of Note
I'm a history enthusiast. I love the past so much that I'm making some right now as I type this. This site, Letters of Note, is a repository of photographs, links and especially of letters. Letters written by one person, intended to communicate to select recipients. It paints a living portrait of some events from our past and I'm telling you, it's terrific.
There is a letter there from Fidel Castro, then only fourteen years old, written to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I never knew any such letter existed. There are letters of complaint sent to the FBI detailing the dangers of exposure to Elvis Presley. Alleta Sullivan's letter, also to Roosevelt, on the occasion of the deaths of all five of her sons in Naval battle, and FDR's personal letter in response.
An enthusiastic letter from Philip K. Dick to the producer of the Blade Runner movie just as it was coming together is presented in it's entirety. The letters David Berkowitz sent to the media while continuing his "Son of Sam" murders are here. There you'll find a short, loving note written on the back of a significant envelope by Frida Kahlo, to Diego Rivera. Poke around and you'll see a letter to Dwight Eisenhower from no one but Jackie Robinson, demanding change in the ugly, racially discriminatory practices and regulations that at the time were strangling all of the good out of the country. Jackie effin' Robinson!
That link once more, for those too lazy to scroll up to the top of this post again: Letters of Note. I can almost guarantee you'll bookmark it and return to it again and again.