Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Blogs - the New Letter?
Last night I went to a screening of a documentary on Dalton Trumbo, a brilliant Hollywood screenwriter (Roman Holiday, Spartacus, Papillon)who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. The documentary revolved around the many letters Trumbo had written during this time to friends and family. Each and every letter was intelligent, eloquent, funny, thoughtful, entertaining and superbly well-crafted. I especially enjoyed the one he wrote to his son (who was in college at the time)where he expounded on the endless virtues of the fine art of masturbation. The man was a letter-writing genius, and I was amazed at how much we were able to learn about him and that time through his written correspondence with loved ones. I thought of how very empty and meaningless my own written correspondence is, manifesting itself primarily in the forms of emails, text messages, facebook/myspace, and blog comments. OMG! WTF? TTYL. I lament the tragic death of letter-writing in our time, and have decided to revive this lost art. So if you receive a letter from me in your mailbox, I promise you it won't have anthrax in it. Promise.