of note

March 9, 2012

One of the great dangers of passing on cool Internet stuff is that probably you’re not just late, but actually stupidly late. We all get the forwards from friends and not-so-friends with the “latest” cool thing, like the giant arch rope swing, or the Kony video. Or maybe you’re just now getting around to telling the world about Shit Girls Say.

It’s a fine line between “cutting edge/have you seen this” and “I am so out of touch I should be put to sleep.”

With that said, I give you my new favorite Internet site:

Letters of Note.

In their own words:

Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated as often as possible; usually each weekday.

Some of my recent favorites include a letter from Aldous Huxley to George Orwell, ostensibly praising Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, but really just saying “neener neener, my dystopian vision is waaaay better than yours is.” Another is a letter from J.R.R Tolkien responding to a German publisher’s request that Tolkien confirm his Aryan purity before his books could be published in Germany.


Check it out. It’s awesome.

I guarantee it.


10 Responses to “of note”

  1. steve Says:

    That is so 10 seconds ago!!

  2. steve Says:

    I liked it. really. especially the Beeker letter! This post has to be a record for fewest responses.

  3. steve Says:

    and I have not seen any of the sites you mentioned though I did see the link to the internationally wanted man. Kone/Kony.

  4. KanyonKris Says:

    Good stuff. You won’t offend me by over sharing. I’d rather see a few recommendations for something good than miss it altogether.

    I liked “Brave New World”, even though it was creepy. The writing had a modern, timeless tone. But it’s no happy meal. And so Huxley continues in his resposne to Orwell:

    “…the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.”

    The feel-good quote of the day, but you have to admit it’s well spoken.

    • dug Says:

      that’s the deal–they are so well spoken.

      but they’re both like karl marx–they think government doesn’t know how to modify itself.

      see? i’m as smart as they are.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Home page has a letter from Beeker to the Mars Rover team? I’m SO in. Thanks for sharing, and always take comfort in that you’re ahead of at least me in these things. (Which, of course, isn’t saying much…)

  6. Jenn Says:

    Oh for cripe’s sake! Jenn!!, it’s ME, JENN!! Stupid, stupid girl.

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