Other peoples letters of note


A desperate plea to then President Bill Clinton, with Monica Lewinsky writing she feels "desposible, used and insignificant."

Do you remember when we wrote and received letters and cards? I mean personal stuff not letters of demand and over due bills. I’m talking letters and postcards you hold in you hand and read, some times in anticipation some times in dread. But you can’t deny, that hand written letters convey so much more than just the words they contain.

Today, I still get a thrill whenever I recieve birthday cards, letters,  postcards or a hand written thank you note. Thank heavens for my pen pal on California Death Row, because without her I can honestly say I’d have nobody to write to or receive letters from.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I recently discovered a site that has been around for years. It’s called Letters of Note  and is what I can describe as a facisnating collection of missives in the form of personal letters, fax and telegrams sent by an interesting array of people over the last centuary and beyond.

The main image above features a pleading note from Monica Lewensky to Bill Clinton, I can only guess after he bagan to cool things.

A cuss fest from Hunter S Thompson

One of my favorites is from Hunter S Thompson to Holly Sorrenson who was then a “Production Executive” for a small indie movie company in Hollywood.

The memo is laden with expletives and is classic Hunter.

This is a transcript:

Hunter S. Thompson
Woody Creek

HOLLY SORENSON / Shooting Gallery / Hollywood / Jan 22 ’01

Dear Holly,

Okay, you lazy bitch, I’m getting tired of this waterhead fuckaround that you’re doing with The Rum Diary.

We are not even spinning our wheels aggresivly. It’s like the whole Project got turned over to Zombies who live in cardboard boxes under the Hollywood Freeway… I seem to be the only person who’s doing anything about getting this movie Made. I have rounded up Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Nick Nolte & a fine screenwriter from England, named Michael Thomas, who is a very smart boy & has so far been a pleasure to talk to & conspire with…

So there’s yr. fucking Script & all you have to do now is act like a Professional & Pay him. What the hell do you think Making a Movie is all about? Nobody needs to hear any more of that Gibberish about yr. New Mercedes & yr. Ski Trips & how Hopelessly Broke the Shooting Gallery is…. If you’re that fucking Poor you should get out of the Movie Business. It is no place for Amateurs & Dilletants who don’t want to do anything but “take lunch” & Waste serious people’s Time.

Fuck this. We have a good writer, we have the main parts casted & we have a very marketable movie that will not even be hard to make….

And all you are is a goddamn Bystander, making stupid suggestions & jabbering now & then like some half-bright Kid with No Money & No Energy & no focus except on yr. own tits…. I’m sick of hearing about Cuba & Japs & yr. Yo-yo partners who want to change the story because the violence makes them Queasy.

Shit on them. I’d much rather deal with a Live asshole than a Dead worm with No Light in his Eyes…. If you people don’t want to Do Anything with this movie, just cough up the Option & I’ll talk to someone else. The only thing You’re going to get by quitting and curling up in a Fetal position is relentless Grief and Embarrassment. And the one thing you won’t have is Fun…

Okay, That’s my Outburst for today. Let’s hope that it gets Somebody off the dime. And if you don’t Do Something QUICK you’re going to Destroy a very good idea. I’m in the mood to chop yr. fucking hands off.




M. Thomas

Other favorites are:

Dear Princeton Law School

Herbs is his Majesty (a letter written by reagge legend Lee Perry who had to be high at the time, lending his support to Paul McCarthy, after his arrest in Japan)

The Heroes of Our Time (A telegram sent to Dr Martin Luther King by Marlon Brando)

 Jam This Morbid Drivel Up Your Ass ( possibly the greatest reject letter)

It Was Hard to Give Three Sons To the Navy  (President Roosevelt writes a moving letter to a mother who lost her 5 sons all serving on the same ship)

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