Letter writing, a dying art?

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  • boo 29 May 2013 16:23:29 11,735 posts
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    I love the idea of letters. Correspondence that is, rather than the alphabet, and with a holiday coming up, I've found my fountain pen, and treated myself to some envelopes and a new pad of writing paper. The intention is to write to friends and family, rather than just send a hastily scrawled postcard.

    I'm also looking for some books to take away, so I was wondering if anyone knew of any good collections of letters? I read '84 Charing Cross Road' by Helene Hanff a while back, which is the collected correspondence between her and the bookshop at the aforementioned address, and it's absolutely charming.

    Any other recommendations? Dorothy Parker strikes me as someone who would write a good letter, but modern's good too.

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  • Deckard1 29 May 2013 16:25:02 27,604 posts
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    Dear boo,


    You are a gay


    Warmest Regards

    Deckard

    Hush you ponce

  • imamazed 29 May 2013 16:26:51 5,530 posts
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    snail mail lol
  • boo 29 May 2013 16:26:57 11,735 posts
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    Eurogamer. Meeting expectations since 2002.

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  • LeoliansBro 29 May 2013 16:27:48 43,671 posts
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    Open letters still exist. Other letters are pretty much the same as emails.

    I'd say the first is an art in as much as journalism is an art, and the second isn't at all.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • TheSaint 29 May 2013 16:29:59 14,272 posts
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    I have enough trouble reading my own hand writing let alone expecting someone else to decipher it.
  • Deleted user 29 May 2013 16:30:05
    Dear Deckard,

    I'm writing this letter with a heavy mournful heart.

    It has come to my attention that your dearest pepsipop is no longer with us having passed sometime last week. Probably in her sleep. But more likely due to an unfortunate combination of neilka, chloroform and many many bin liners.

    Our thoughts are with you during this tragic time and we send on our sincere condolences to you and yours.

    With love.

    Sir Hairy of Arse.

    OXO BISTO

  • RedSparrows 29 May 2013 16:34:43 22,239 posts
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    I write letters, on occasion, to family. They always comment on them, and say how nice it is to get them. It's not much effort and it's a cheap bit of kudos, hurrah!

    I am working on two volumes of letters (historical) also - one as a historian, one as a research assistant.

    I thoroughly recommend, therefore, any of the three volumes of Isaiah Berlin - I worked on the third (hoho). You don't need to be a philosopher to find them funny, catty, insightful, moving and historically relevant.

    I also intend to start a letter writing project amongst my colleagues, in some way. It feels a tad artificial to do it, but I really like the act and 'thing' of writing a letter. I need to find a good way 'in'.

    Edited by RedSparrows at 16:36:34 29-05-2013
  • twelveways 29 May 2013 16:37:11 3,956 posts
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    A good book in letter form is 'We Need To Talk About Kevin', the movie is ok too. Dracula is written in letter/journal form too.
  • graysonavich 29 May 2013 16:38:59 7,320 posts
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    I knew who made this thread without even reading the user details.
  • neilka 29 May 2013 16:39:26 15,831 posts
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    Dearest boo,

    lol

    Love,
    neilka

    P.S. I am wanking as I write this
  • thelzdking 29 May 2013 16:41:25 4,359 posts
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    Revan emoquit? Why? Did she contradict herself out of existence?

    Also I still handwrite letters on occasion.
  • Salaman 29 May 2013 16:42:02 18,953 posts
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    I loved writing letters back in the day and nothing online beat receiving a letter in the mail. Rare event these days though isn't it.
  • boo 29 May 2013 16:42:46 11,735 posts
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    @neilka

    Over the corpse of pepsipop by the sound of it.

    Edited by boo at 16:45:07 29-05-2013

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  • kalel 29 May 2013 16:43:12 86,809 posts
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    twelveways wrote:
    A good book in letter form is 'We Need To Talk About Kevin', the movie is ok too. Dracula is written in letter/journal form too.
    Les Liaisons Dangereux is a classic letter form book. Very good.

    Hemingway also wrote good letters.

    And yes, it's probably a dead art, let alone dying.
  • OptimusPube 29 May 2013 16:43:38 2,924 posts
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    Dear Eurogamer

    Your forum is full of gayfagnoobs, BigSwiss exlcuded.

    Kind regards.

    Lionel Blairs ring hole

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC

  • boo 29 May 2013 16:45:50 11,735 posts
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    This place is a cultural wasteland!

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  • Deckard1 29 May 2013 16:46:00 27,604 posts
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    Dearest HairyArse,

    The news of sweet pepsipops demise saddens me, but alas it does not surprise me. I knew from the first moment she laid eyes upon your photo the fair lady was doomed. One can only take so much smoulder, and it truly is the smoulderiest smoulder I have ever smouldered.

    When dearest pepsipop did lay eyes upon your smoulder, her tender knickers did burst into flames, engulfing her in a stinky fire. Despite her vulva taking the brunt of the explosion, alas her recovery will be long and arduous, and as any caucasian practicing nurse muslim with 14 orphans will tell you, life can be tough, and the fair maiden will not have time to post here and complete every game ever within 2 days of its release also.

    Please remove the picture before anyone else is hurt.

    Sexily yours

    Deckard

    Hush you ponce

  • graysonavich 29 May 2013 16:46:54 7,320 posts
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    peej
  • Deleted user 29 May 2013 16:59:19

    My dearest Deckard,

    I thank you for your words. Kind but with a definite hint of disdain. I thought we settled this like gentlemen when I blackened your eye with the blunt end of my jousting stick?

    It is unfortunate that your affections have been rejected, but as we all know, taking on the appearance of the jester Murs was always going to make you a laughing stock.

    I cannot be held responsible for the effect my - as you so glibly called it: 'smoulder' - has on the fair maidens. And exploding vulvas are unfortunately, something I have had to learn to live with.

    Now if you could take your loyal follower, Mowgli Merrick, and return to whence you came I'd be forever indebted.

    Yours,

    Sir Hairy.
  • neilka 29 May 2013 17:04:33 15,831 posts
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    This is about to get very, very erotic
  • Deleted user 29 May 2013 17:18:25

    5.00 REWARD.
    ------------

    A reward of 5 will be paid by the undersigned, for the badly beaten body, dead or alive, of Neilka . U.N. Uch, for crimes against the community - mainly the alleged multiple rape and murder, and then some more necro-rape of the good lady pepsipop.

    Weighing in at 250lbs with greasy receeding hair, bloodshot eyes and a syphillitic mouth, Neilka is a danger to all women and must be avoided at all costs.

    Address all communication to Sir Hairy of Arse, care of EuroGamer Towers, Brighton Backwaters.

    Sir Hairy
    .............
  • glaeken 29 May 2013 17:39:09 11,134 posts
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    Letter writing? Why not start using bronze for everything again as well.
  • OptimusPube 29 May 2013 17:47:57 2,924 posts
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    Dear HairyArse

    Got him.




    I'd like my reward paying in skittles instead please.

    Yours gingerly

    Lionel Blairs ring hole

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC

  • mrpon 29 May 2013 17:53:47 28,715 posts
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    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • neilka 29 May 2013 17:56:30 15,831 posts
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    Graveland wrote:
    I used to have a pen-pal with whom I fell in love. We wrote to one another every fortnight for 5 years. Her twin sister emigrated to this country around 8 years ago and I became best friends with her. My heart used to give a flutter when I used to hear a letter falling through the door.

    There's no love greater than when you were a teenager in love.

    /true story. *sobs*
    Dear Graveland,

    gay

    Yours Sincerely,
    Sir Ian McKellen
  • Deleted user 29 May 2013 19:08:20

    Dear Mrpon,

    I eventually managed to decipher your god-awful scrolls. And I'd like to take this opportunity to break the news that the quality of your calligraphy is terribly poor. What is it with you doctors? You're all butchers.

    I find the suggestion that I partake in homosexuality a downright insult. As well you know, I love nothing more than to rest my head between the ample bosom of a fair maiden - preferably with all her own teeth.

    However, let it be known that I did let out a hearty chortle.

    Yours enlightened.

    H
  • Zizoo 29 May 2013 19:14:46 8,257 posts
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    Graveland wrote:
    I used to have a pen-pal with whom I fell in love. We wrote to one another every fortnight for 5 years. Her twin sister emigrated to this country around 8 years ago and I became best friends with her. My heart used to give a flutter when I used to hear a letter falling through the door.

    There's no love greater than when you were a teenager in love.

    /true story. *sobs*
    Is she a Muslim?
  • OptimusPube 29 May 2013 19:15:24 2,924 posts
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    You're that gay one from Steps? Now it makes sense.

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC

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