In 2009, I wrote a piece for Trespass Magazine (before it switched to just film-based writing) about writing letters. It’s here if you want to read it.
Here’s an excerpt:
The beauty of a letter is it almost forces you to stay on one track. You start at the top and you get to the bottom, it’s hard to read a letter while engaged elsewhere. They require and demand ‘one-track time.’ I feel the same way about reading books. I made a decision: a real letter should be worth keeping. It is not mundane or banal, it is tactile and sentimental. I cannot make any claims for my own writing, but I knew that I had to endeavour to make these last.
While hiding in the QVB from the rain outside, I wrote “It’s funny just how much people rely on the world around them for their mood without realizing it. Poets have been doing it for centuries. Weather, the unwitting muse of the masses.”
To the school friend who had spent her year in the slums of Cambodia, I enclosed seeds to grow a Thyme plant, “You deserve a bit of thanks, but knowing your humility as I do, I know you wouldn’t want gratitude to come from man.”
This September my time will be divided amongst some creative work with Sydney Dance Company, and a trip to the US. During the SDC time, I will be spending a lot of time on Sydney’s Walsh Bay, a beautiful area, surrounded by wonderful artists. In the U.S. I will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, with some time in NY on both ends of the journey, and a two hour stop in LA.
I’m extending the offer to you all, especially if I don’t know you. I want to write 15 letters over the course of September.
If you’d like a letter, please leave a comment (with your proper e-mail address) and the following information.
WHERE SHOULD I WRITE YOUR LETTER:
WHERE WILL YOU BE WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE LETTER:
IS THERE A QUESTION OR TOPIC YOU WANT ME TO ENGAGE WITH:
IS THIS INFORMATION PRIVATE: (Comments on here go through moderation, the answer to this question means I won’t post the comment publicly if you wish)
WILL YOU WRITE ME A LETTER BACK:
ARE THERE ANY OTHER STIPULATIONS?
ANY OTHER INFO YOU WANT TO INCLUDE?