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Book recs - Diaries and letters written by people in late middle age

I want to read journals and letters by people in their fifties and sixties. It could be anyone, anywhere, any century. I prefer good writing, and some levity. Most of all I'm looking for a sense of personality, text that brings the writer to life. The writer in his/her late middle age has lived several decades. They are settled in themselves, yet they still struggle. They look forward to years ahead, and they ponder mortality. What do they have to say? [more inside]
posted by valannc on Aug 19, 2016 - 19 answers

"By hand" on a hand delivered thank you note

I have observed that when thank-you notes written by people from old money families are personally delivered, the annotation "By hand" is invariably added to the bottom right corner of the envelope. Can anyone educate me as to the origins of this practice?
posted by Turtles all the way down on Jun 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Looking for collections of interesting letters

I am looking for published collections of fascinating letters. NOT by writers. [more inside]
posted by Slithy_Tove on Jun 16, 2016 - 21 answers

Hi, I am your kid. I like stuff.

How can I help a parent to get to know me better? [more inside]
posted by jet_pack_in_a_can on Feb 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Generic letter of recommendation -- what now?

I'm applying for a fellowship, and my recommender showed me the letter he sent out on my behalf. Turns out it's rather generic and, while very positive, does not give examples of my supposed awesomeness. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Dec 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Did the Founding Fathers have a "Sent Mail" folder?

Did people commonly make and keep copies of their handwritten personal correspondence? [more inside]
posted by brentajones on Oct 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Who should my daughter send fan letters to?

Help me think of people/companies my daughter can send postal mail to that are likely to respond. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Jul 6, 2015 - 20 answers

What is your favorite Q?

I am interested in making a small stamp with a letter Q to use to monogram clothing items. I don't like any of the ones I've seen with an alphabet set. Do you have a typeface with a nice letter Q, either capital or miniscule? I want it to be recognizable/readable and I tend to prefer more modern fonts but I'm open to everything.
posted by bq on Apr 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Salutations from the 1950's

My mother just sent me a Christmas card addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lastname". Help me prove to her that such a salutation is outdated and that my identity didn't get swallowed up when I got hitched. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Dec 20, 2014 - 35 answers


What font is this/this/this?
posted by stinkfoot on Dec 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Does Santa have a ZIP code?

I seem to remember that it used to be a thing that your kid could send their letters to Santa to a particular address and they'd get a nice reply from "Santa." Now that I'm old enough to have a kid of my own who wants to send a letter to Santa, I'm not sure where to send the thing. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Pre-internet examples of journalism based on leaked letters

In my neck of the woods, stories based on leaked emails are currently a thing. I would like to know about big news stories based on illicitly copied correspondence, whether letters, telegrams, memos, or other media, that predate the internet (other than the Pentagon papers, which I already know about). The older the better.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Oct 19, 2014 - 10 answers


What's the best way to buy a lot of six-sided alphabet letter dice? Distribution would ideally be similar to what's found in a Boggle game. I'm not picky about colors or inclusion/exclusion of certain characters.
posted by michaelh on Jun 9, 2014 - 4 answers

The mail must go through!

Do you know of any children's books featuring mail? As in, a penpal or mailing letters. Specifically for an eight year old girl but I'm open to all suggestions! [more inside]
posted by cessair on May 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Tenure and promotion letters for college faculty

Academics, what is your institution's policy about tenure and promotion letters? Specifically, once the decision to award or deny tenure is made, does a candidate standardly get a letter detailing the committee's reasons? What is the letter like and who reviews it? Looking also for pointers to faculty handbooks where the letter process is described, and links to policies/recommendations from professional associations like AAUP or MLA on this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Is there a way to send typewritten Xmas letters with sentimental value?

I would like to send Christmas letters, including one to a girl I like. There's only one problem: I have terrible handwriting. It's really, really bad. I've worked on improving it my whole life, but my motor skills just can't seem to pick up on the knack of writing properly; my words honestly look like the scribbles of a child, and unless I take care are sometimes illegible to other people. For this reason I much prefer typing things, but I feel that much of the sentimentality is lost if a letter is typed. Is there any way for me (through cool program, font, or other method) to send something that's typed that gives the same impact a written letter would? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Dec 11, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me compose a letter/buy a flat

I'd like to buy a flat in a particular building. I'm going to do a hand-written letterdrop, but would love some advice about the best way to execute this. [more inside]
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED on Sep 18, 2013 - 4 answers

How to compile handwritten letters, printouts, and pictures for son?

What is the best way to put together years of handwritten and typed letters along with photos for my son that can be added to and later given as a gift? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 on Aug 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Where can one donate to Iraqi and Afghan victims of violence?

Are there any organizations I can donate to or help with that are devoted to cleaning up the messes we made in Afghanistan and Iraq? I keep seeing news of American and allied bombings accidentally killing children and civilians, and it seems like all these require something more than just an "oopsie!" or indifferent silence. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Blogroll like Arts & Letters Daily?

I like the links found on Arts & Letters Daily; I wonder if there are other sites with a large, comprehensive list of blogs, columns, articles, etc. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 23, 2013 - 1 answer

Hole punched letters?

Hello all, I'm looking for the name of the tool that would be used to punch letters into paper. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Apr 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Addressing an Envelope When the Recipient's Name is Unknown to You?

Hi everyone. I recently visited an online map where people who share a very unusual niche hobby place a pin where they live, voluntarily including an address or name if they'd like, and I found to my pleasant shock that a fellow enthusiast lives only a few blocks from me. He/she left a contact address but not a name, and I'd really love to write to this person, but I have no idea what the normal etiquette is for addressing a personal envelope to an unnamed recipient (to be clear, I don't mean the letter itself, but the envelope). [more inside]
posted by Buddy-Rey on Apr 14, 2013 - 17 answers

Why do letters have letter names? (B = "bee", H = "aitch"...)

I first came across this about 20 years ago in a Calvin & Hobbes strip where Hobbes taunts his friend: "Calvin and Susie, sitting in a tree. Kay-Eye-Ess-Ess-Eye-En-Gee!" I never understood why Hobbes was making "words" out of letters; I assumed it was something unique to comics (or tigers). Then today, a poem linked to in this FPP reminded me of that old comic strip and got me thinking: Why is there an entire parallel alphabet to spell out the letters of the alphabet? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Apr 14, 2013 - 29 answers

Help me write beautiful letters.

Rather than rely on our usual email correspondence, I would like to write some letters by hand to someone very important to me who lives very far away. [more inside]
posted by Callicvol on Jan 26, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I gently ask my professors to send in the letters of rec they agreed to write? T

How do I gently ask my professors to send in the letters of rec they agreed to write? They are past the deadline I gave them . And, I am freaking out bc my applications cannot be reviewed by grad schools until the letters are sent in. What makes things more complicated for me is the fact that I just asked my profs in Jan for these letters, and I did ask them to save the letters. Well, I did not receive generous aid packages, so I am reapplying to another school which could fully fund me. so this is a huge deal! So I asked them again in October to resubmit the letters, and it makes me feel bad like I am burdening and bothering them, but now i am anxious that i don't have the letters. This is very worrisome to me because I do not want my application to not be submitted in time, and there are early application deadlines that I need to meet in order to be considered for merit awards
posted by TRUELOTUS on Dec 4, 2012 - 24 answers

Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls.

Help me find letters written between close female friends. [more inside]
posted by peacrow on Oct 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Issue with supervisor thwarting job search process!

I need to provide supervisor references for a job opportunity, but I do not have many people I can ask. Need help figuring out my options. Details inside: [more inside]
posted by mdn31 on Jul 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Postcards for the Pokey

My little brother is currently in jail, and will likely be staying there or in a similar facility for quite a while. He is only allowed to receive postcards, and softcover books mailed from Amazon or B&N. If either of these items violate the byzantine regulations (details contained within), they will not reach him. What are some creative things that are basically just pieces of paper (no paint, stickers, double layers, etc) I can send as postcards? What are some books that won’t be taken away for sex, drug, gang, etc content you’d recommend for a 23 year old male who never really read for pleasure, recently earned his GED, and likes Hunter S. Thompson? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 28, 2012 - 100 answers

Beauty between the sheets

I love writing letters to people - handwritten, with a fountain pen. Help me find a good paper for this purpose. [more inside]
posted by gmb on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Get tons of family photos, letters and ephemera?

Where can I legally get/buy people's printed family photographs, entire photo albums, letters and personal ephemera? I might need hundreds of these and they must be originals. If the items were somewhat dated, say at least 20 years, that would be nice. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Van Gogh Letter

Looking for a very specific van Gogh line from his letters... [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on May 10, 2012 - 4 answers

cover letter or not?

Should I include a cover letter when submitting a story to a literary magazine? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 11, 2012 - 7 answers

I can't correct my boss, can I?

My bosses misuse words in very official, very important documents. Can I do anything about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2012 - 31 answers

Closing lines for emails

I'm tired of closing my emails with, "Regards", "Cheers", or, "Yours sincerely". Can you give me good alternatives for all occasions, from the formal to the semi-formal to the completely casual or hilarious?
posted by KLF on Jan 8, 2012 - 122 answers

Why do the shapes of lower case letters vary more than upper case?

Why is there more variation in the shapes of lower case letters than in upper case? Both a and g have distinctly different forms, but also f, q, and t show some variation. While in upper case only G and the tail on Q ever vary much. Yes, I know there are myriad different fonts out there. I have even made fonts myself. But the essential shape of the letters seems to vary more in lower case than in upper. Why is that?
posted by squaregear on Jan 6, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I turn two love letters into a gift?

I need ideas! I have two love letters that I would like to display, or archive in an attractive way, and give as a gift to the letter writers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Good Cover Letters?

Advice On Writing My First Cover Letter? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Dec 11, 2011 - 12 answers

I Bequeth These SMSes to My Estate and Future Biographers....maybe?

Help me catalog my youthful correspondence so that when I grow old and wither I may smile at a time well-spent but long-gone with those I love -- 21st CENTURY STYLE!!!11!! [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing on Nov 25, 2011 - 5 answers

I'll never know what you'll find when you open up your letter box tomorrow

What are some interesting/exciting ways to present a card/letter/postcard that is going through the mail. [more inside]
posted by twinight on Sep 16, 2011 - 9 answers

How to best worship the gods that be?

Getting up close and personal with someone who could greatly improve my future? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Sep 14, 2011 - 23 answers

So what are these letter things anyway?

I haven't lost the ability to correspond at a level higher than most ten-year-olds. I never had it to begin with. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Letter Frequency: Which Letters for Which Letters?

I would like to know how often one letter is followed by all the other letters. For example: A is followed by R 20% of the time, while A is followed by Q only .1% of the time. [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on May 21, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I get better at sending emails?

My social anxiety is backwards. I love talking to people in person and speaking in front of crowds, I'm pretty good with phones, but emails, online forums, and paper correspondence are things I approach with extreme reluctance. Does anyone else have this problem? How can I cope? [more inside]
posted by fermion on May 12, 2011 - 14 answers

Playing games through the (snail) mail.

I'm interested in novel recreational uses of snail mail, both historically and currently. Aside from pen-palling and exchanging goods, what kind of games or similar activities take place via old fashioned letters and postcards? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Letters to a friend in prison

How do I respond to an old friends letters from prison? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Apr 14, 2011 - 44 answers

Return my words to me

I am looking for the text of a letter that I wrote to The Guardian in January 2008. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 11, 2011 - 4 answers

What does this stained glass say?

Odd 'writing' on a stained glass panel - can you work out what, if anything, it says? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Mar 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Draft Your Own Recommendation?

What Would You Do When A Professor Tells You to Draft Your Own Recommendation? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Mar 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Pen pals?

Is it possible to find pen pals in todays modern world? I find that I can go weeks without speaking to anyone in a meaningful way and my social anxiety is going through the roof. I think a pen pal would be a good way to start interacting with people again without having to worry about the social fears I have. Is there a site or place I could go to find pen pals? Especially ones gentle to shy people who would like to open up to others but take time to do so?
posted by kanata on Feb 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Translation of Japanese signs

I'm looking for a translation of the following (presumably) Japanese sign(s) as displayed here Is there any correlation between the name written in English and the sign? It could also be helpful if anyone could point me towards a web resources where i can look up further Japanese letters etc. Thanks
posted by kampken on Jan 3, 2011 - 9 answers

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