Whenever we’re in need of inspiration, we turn to Letters of Note.
The blog features correspondence, including scans of original postcards and notes, between both extraordinary and ordinary people. Among our favorites is the one where Frank Lloyd Wright designed a dog house (for free) after a small boy wrote with the request and Kurt Vonnegut’s advice for humans living in 2088.
Now, the letters are being collected in a new book, published by Chronicle Books on May 6. Included are Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for drop scones, sent to President Eisenhower, and the first recorded use of the expression “OMG,” in a letter to Winston Churchill.
We can’t wait to pick up a copy. In the meantime, Vonnegut’s 7 steps for better living:
- Reduce and stabilize your population.
- Stop poisoning the air, the water, and the topsoil.
- Stop preparing for war and start dealing with your real problems.
- Teach your kids, and yourselves, too, while you’re at it, how to inhabit a small planet without helping to kill it.
- Stop thinking science can fix anything if you give it a trillion dollars.
- Stop thinking your grandchildren will be OK no matter how wasteful or destructive you may be, since they can go to a nice new planet on a spaceship. That is really mean, and stupid.
- And so on. Or else.
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