Reading Other People’s Letters and Being Fascinated

I have for a long time been fascinated by letter writing and reading (and personally wish I did a better job at writing more of them myself).  I remember finding a number of various letter, written by people I never knew (nor ever will) in my grandmother’s basement some years back.  They were amazing!

As such, perhaps one of my favorite blogs of recent weeks has to be Letters of Note which collects and transcribes letters written by all sorts of people of some fame throughout the years.  Many of them are absolutely amazing and wonderful and provide us insight into a world most of us don’t get to encounter.  Two recent favorites appearing on the blog are from two of my all-time favorite authors.  One by Philip K. Dick on weird, worthless dreams and one by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. about his experience as a POW in Dresden.

I must admit that part of me wonders if it is altogether proper or ethical to read letters that were intended for other people.  Probably if I didn’t find letters so interesting I would feel that reading another persons private correspondences is something like spying.  But I do find them too fascinating, and fascination tells me reading the letters can’t be all that bad (especially when you place moral judgements on any number of other things that people do on a daily basis).

If you are interested check some of those letters out, you may be amazed at some of the things you learn or discover.

~ by Nathaniel on November 18, 2009.

2 Responses to “Reading Other People’s Letters and Being Fascinated”

  1. Coincidentally, I just finished putting together a website that is based around user-submitted love letters – probably the most private type of correspondence. Should be interesting to read what comes through.

    • Dude that is awesome. I would love to check it out. I will more than likely find it fascinating, even knowing the personal nature of it.

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