Letters of Note

by by Ellora Vilkin

Last week, the Indy ran a piece about the John Hay Library's Mel B. Yolken Collection of over 200,000 letters. Phillipe Lejeune, a theorist of letters and diaries, says we write letters for ourselves and diaries for other people. Shaun Usher's blog Letters of Note, an anthology of outstanding letters the world over, offers a view of the souls behind some brilliant correspondence.

Here's an angry missive from Hunter S. Thompson, written to the production exec responsible for his screen adaptation of The Rum Diary: