celebrity http://wamc.org en Letters Of Note: An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience http://wamc.org/post/letters-note-eclectic-collection-correspondence-deserving-wider-audience <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience</em> is a collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. It is compiled by Shaun Usher - as is the website of the <a href="http://www.lettersofnote.com/">same name</a>.</p><p>From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression 'OMG' in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93212 at http://wamc.org Letters Of Note: An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience "Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses" by Bess Lovejoy http://wamc.org/post/rest-pieces-curious-fates-famous-corpses-bess-lovejoy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It has been said that in the long run, we are all dead.</span></p><p>But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer’s office.</p><p>Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln’s corpse. Einstein’s brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy—which they drank.</p><p>From Mozart to Hitler, <em>Rest in Pieces</em> is a book that connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death. Bess Lovejoy is a writer, researcher, and editor based in Seattle.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59864 at http://wamc.org "Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses" by Bess Lovejoy