The website, Letter of Note, succeeds wonderfully in showing how delightful letter reading can be. Each letter opens a window of insight into the person's life, opinions, or history.
On the site's archive it is possible to browse through letters according to dates, categories, or author. If you prefer serendipity, there is a "random letter" generator on the right-hand sidebar.
I have subscribed to the blog for a few years now, so I've enjoyed whatever is published new. But, there are over 900 letters in the archive, so occasionally, I consciously seek out letter from some of my favourite persons. Here is a sample list:
- Harper Lee describing touchingly how reading books was the only means she and other local children had during the Depression to discover worlds outside of their homes or village.
- David Bowie responding to his first fan mail from America
- E.B. White patiently explaining the burden of having to answer fan mail
- Frank Zappa appealing to his fans to rise up to action
- Harold Pinter rendering whiplash upon someone of Little Brain
- Spike Milligan doing the same...
If you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, or just avid reader there is much wealth of knowledge to be discovered here.