Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Crown Jewel of Letter Writing

We, as letter writers, wander around this silicon communication land wondering if we are not, let's be honest, a bit bonkers. We rarely get letters, nobody seems to care about the personal letter,  WHY THE HELL ARE WE SO ENCHANTED BY THIS THING CALLED THE LETTER!!!!

Ah, here is the answer.

The epistolary play, "The Bets of Friends" by Hugh Whitemore tells the friendship of the author George Bernard Shaw, the Museum curator Sit Sydney Cockrell, and the cloistered nun, Dame Laurentia McLaghlan. The only words spoken between the characters is from letters they sent to each other. It was on PBS in the early 1990's but, thankfully, can be found here. Stunningly beautiful...

I can say no more about this than the work shows the unique bond of friendship that is woven through the written word.

This will be last post till some time after the Philly Seminar.

Hope to see you there.


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