Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dorothy Parker and Writers Block: "I Can't Look You in the Voice"

Anyone who has ever hit a wall whilst writing will find it difficult not to empathize with the dejected words of Dorothy Parker in this telegram, sent in 1945 to her editor, Pascal Covici. Such was her frustration, Parker couldn't even bring herself to ring him and explain.

This is from one of my favorite places on the web:
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 every weekday."  Edited by Shaun Usher.

I love everything about the simplicity of this project -- the way it works to bring telegrams, postcards, napkins scribbled with drawings, or fan letters to a wider audience. There is a deep intimacy in reading the words of letters never meant for more than an audience of one. I'm happy to know that these utterances are resurrected and given a worldwide audience. And today I'm especially happy that even Ms. Parker was sometimes at a loss for words.

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