When Nice Famous People Write You Back

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I wrote fanmail all the time when i was in the third and fourth grade. Big music people letters usually got fan club offers -- even Patti Smith, to whom I wrote in the summer between sixth and seventh grade: I got back five or so pages of xeroxed poetry & drawings and an offer to join the fanclub. Being a young liberal-in-training however I was so put off by the lyrics to "Rock and Roll Nigger" that I did not join up.

A group of five of us sent separate letters to Don Martin in the fourth grade, and he answered them all, with drawings! So did Al Jaffe. We were pretty thrilled. Finally, during that same period of time, my friend Joe and I wrote separate letters to Robert Blake, who wrote full-page letters back: both completely different from one another! Except insofar as they both closed as follows: "That's the name of THAT tune. Love, Robert Blake"

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Saturday, 31 May 2003 23:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Who else, who else?

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Saturday, 31 May 2003 23:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I emailed Jessica Harper and she wrote back... the next day!

Sean (Sean), Saturday, 31 May 2003 23:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I used to exchange emails with Jim Cramer all the time, if he counts as "famous" (probably not). He was always really cool about writing back, even if he gave short answers.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Saturday, 31 May 2003 23:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Robert Blake, eh? Huh.

s1utsky (slutsky), Sunday, 1 June 2003 00:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I sent a letter to the Sex Pistols when I was in high school. Malcolm McClaren's secretary Sophie sent me a nice letter back saying they'd be over to tour soon and that they were excited about meeting their American fans, blah blah blah. And she sent me a promo phot--the one of them walking through the park--and some Never Mind the Bollocks stickers. I felt rooked--I wanted a letter from Johnny! Now I'm just amazed that she took the time to write back, considering how crazy her life must have been at the time. Thank you, Sophie Richmond!

Arthur (Arthur), Sunday, 1 June 2003 01:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

phot=photo, obv

Arthur (Arthur), Sunday, 1 June 2003 01:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got back a nice friendly email from Claudia Gonson once. that was pretty cool.

Jeez I'm easily impressed.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Sunday, 1 June 2003 01:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was thrilled to receive a photocopied newsletter with personalized notes and doodles from Tyson Meade, lead singer of Chainsaw Kittens. I immediately wrote him back to invite him to my best friend's 15th birthday party.

teeny (teeny), Sunday, 1 June 2003 02:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


s1utsky (slutsky), Sunday, 1 June 2003 02:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got postcards from Bridget Cross and Erin Smith. I also got a letter from Archer Prewitt telling me about getting drunk at the Working Holidays party along with Sof' Boy comic.

rosemary (rosemary), Sunday, 1 June 2003 03:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

momus emails me back sometimes.

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 1 June 2003 03:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

when I was eleven or so I wrote Judy Blume to tell her she ought to write a sequel to Forever, since I wanted to read more about summer camp sex! but she never wrote back, and I had to go back to reading the list of sex positions in The Book of Lists...

miriam (serrano), Sunday, 1 June 2003 03:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I corresponded briefly with Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks when I was in high school.

Otherwise I'm very wary of writing anyone I admire unless I really have something to say aside from "I love your work." I broke my rule only once, when Terence Davies (directed of Distant Voices, Still Lives) came to Harvard to present his new film (The House of Mirth). After the screening I ran up to him, said hi, and handed him a letter I had written in haste the day before. In it I apologized for perhaps sounding sycophantic and proceeded to enthuse over his films without reservation. It probably unnerved him because I never got a response. But as I said on the other thread, I still love him.

When I was much younger (11-12) I used to write to my comics idols, via their editors, so much that I got on the list, somehow, for advance galleys of new series. They would solicit my opinion and print them in the first issues. I was really flattered. I think I still have some of those "advance" copies in my mother's basement. I suppose I was halfway to becoming a comic book critic, but then I stopped reading comics so that was that.

amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 1 June 2003 04:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

One of the saddest moments of my preadolescence was went I attented a comic convention and walked up Jerry Robinson (I think that's the name), the guy who invented Robin. He was drawing pictures on litle postcards and selling them, for $10. I asked if he could draw something on my book of early Batman comics and he smiled sadly and said, "I'm sorry, son, I have to charge for that." I realized right then and there that these godlike figures I had been looking up to were actually real people who didn't necessarily make any money doing what they were doing. Earlier in the day I attended a panel of artists and writers from the golden age of DC Comics and many of them spoke of working in advertising long after they got into the comics business, because the latter didn't pay the bills. But there was something about Mr. Robinson's face when he apologized to me, that brought it home.


amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 1 June 2003 04:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

When I worked at Folkways I handled handwritten letters from Woody Guthrie, Dock Boggs, Lead Belly, Memphis Slim, and so on. That's not really on topic, but it's hard to be impressed by anything after that.

amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 1 June 2003 04:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

John Darnielle.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Sunday, 1 June 2003 04:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(I guess he's not all that famous, not like Robert Blake or anything, but he's super nice.)

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Sunday, 1 June 2003 04:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ned Ragget wrote me back! :)

amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 1 June 2003 04:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh yeah
john convinced me that my writing was uncrappy.
he made me want to write poetry again.
fuck john is like a god.

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 1 June 2003 05:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Has anyone else here surprised themselves by acting sycophantic around someone they didn't actually admire all that much?

amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 1 June 2003 05:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's called having a job.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 1 June 2003 05:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No, but I mean for no good reason.

amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 1 June 2003 05:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

amateurist, why would you go from love of John to that question? What are you implying?

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Sunday, 1 June 2003 05:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Peter from the Philistine Jr's answered my email a couple of times! yay!

Brian Helium from Elfpower answered my email about the Zanzithophone a few years ago!

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 1 June 2003 07:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got back a nice friendly email from Claudia Gonson once. that was pretty cool.

Claudia is a great person, so smart, energetic and interesting. Check out her interview in Kutt magazine.

I could start a related thread on 'When nice famous people write to you and you don't answer back'. I guess the letter from Jarvis Cocker asking me to produce Pulp's next album (including demo cassette) would head up the list. I just never got round to answering. I've still got it somewhere.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 1 June 2003 08:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Momus (Momus), Sunday, 1 June 2003 08:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That thread will be all you and Suzy, Momus. < /bitchy>

Frank Kogan writes me back, and so did Simon Reynolds but that's less impressive now he has a blog, and Ian Penman said he liked my t.A.T.u. article "lovely, lovely stuff, one of the things that convined me there was more (WAY MORE) going on in the blogosphere (as Simon puts it)" he wrote to me - a note from your hero goes a long way.

I got an e-mail from Stuart Braithwaite but the less said...

Cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 1 June 2003 09:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got back a nice friendly email from Claudia Gonson once. that was pretty cool.

so did I. I think it was only one word long, but I could tell she loved me.

DV (dirtyvicar), Sunday, 1 June 2003 09:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I don't count the writebacks that happen 'cos of my job, obviously, and have only ever written fan letter things to three people: Johnny Cash (who didn't write back but I *was* five and was sending the letters with crayon-drawn approximations of stamps), Peter O'Toole (I was 13, bingo, letter and photo back, mmm Smythsons of Bond Street notepaper) and Morrissey (I was 16 and again, bingo, but I'd drawn/watercoloured myself at the side of the letter in the style of the 'patient' in the Operation board game). I didn't strike up correspondence with any of them (I think by the time I'd gotten Morrissey mail I was starting to see fanmail as childish and plebby).

People who have written to me out of the blue: Lee Ranaldo and Whit Stillman. I have also been phoned by Kylie Minogue just for a chat a few months after she did something for me at my book launch, but that's another story.

suzy (suzy), Sunday, 1 June 2003 10:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

''Ned Ragget wrote me back! :)''


Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 1 June 2003 11:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got a letter from the guy who wrote the Mr Men books (Roger Hargreaves, I think) when I was very young. More recently, got a signed photo from Rachael Leigh Cook. I think that's it.

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Sunday, 1 June 2003 13:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I had a correspondence with Richard Hell for about 6 months once, plus 1 late night phone call. That is all.

Carey (Carey), Sunday, 1 June 2003 13:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have never wrote to a celebrity or artist, I always had assumed they wouldn't have the time or inclination to write back.

Nicole (Nicole), Sunday, 1 June 2003 14:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Dear Nicole,

thank you for your lovely, bright, sunny, fizzy letter -- it quite bucked up my day!

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo-errrrr! Fnr fnr fnr!


Kenneth Williams'

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 1 June 2003 15:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Kenneth Williams answering fan mail...

"Oh, what's the bloody point?"

Ben Mott (Ben Mott), Sunday, 1 June 2003 15:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got a signed Suprgran book from Forrest Wilson when I was eight, making up for the one that got drenched in Ovaltine spurting from my nose during my legendary near fatal breakfast choking incident. Better than all the gold stars in the world, that was, and almost worth dying for.

Jamie Conway (Jamie Conway), Sunday, 1 June 2003 15:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bill Tidy, Scouse cartoonist and 1970s/80s TV panel game fixture, wrote an encouraging letter back to me after my Auntie had secretly sent the great man some of my feeble pre-teen doodlings. I think he was most impressed by my Cubist Peter Withe towering above a confused Italian defence.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 2 June 2003 09:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i got a lovely postcard from Stephen Malkmus a number of years ago.

leigh (leigh), Monday, 2 June 2003 10:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

amateurist ! you don't know where i could get a copy of
'distant voices still lives' do you ?
i've been after it for ages.
my taped-off-bbc2 copy of '2001' had terence davies doing a fab
borderline-hyterical appraisal of the film at the start.
it was from about 1988 i think.
'distant voices' and 'still lives' were filmed seperately
i believe like, 6 months apart ? ace film !

piscesboy, Monday, 2 June 2003 13:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Loads have written me back - when I first started to write - I wrote to twenty people who were my main inspirations. Seven wrote back. I became good friends with three. It was fun and surreal getting emails and letters back from famous folks.

doom-e (Jam), Monday, 2 June 2003 13:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

in high school, i wrote a letter to anderson cooper, the channel one news anchor that all the (geeky) girls in my class had a crush on. i sent along my senior picture and invited him to prom. a month later, i came in from band practice and my mom told me that 'a man with a really sexy voice just called you long distance...he says he'll call you back.' yep, it was anderson. he thanked me for my invitation but said he couldn't come to prom, as he was filming somewhere remote (bosnia, i think).

i was *so* impressed that he took the time to call a fan, and we even chatted for a while before he went back to work. now he's semi-famous, has fan websites, and i don't expect that he'd do it these days. but wow, what a guy!

colette (a2lette), Monday, 2 June 2003 14:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got a postcard back from Paul Theroux from Hong Kong in early '87, I realised later that he must have been on the journey which formed Riding the iron rooster. Of course I've lost it.

I really should write to a few other people, if only to say how much I admire their work, since when they're gone it'll be a bit late.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Monday, 2 June 2003 14:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

claudia gonson is super nice. really.
also, i was very happy to see that my admired howe gelb is also a very nice gentleman. so is ken stringfellow.
oh, and damon and naomi are the sweetest couple i've ever met (i think i already said that on the g500 thread)...

joan vich (joan vich), Monday, 2 June 2003 14:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh, and i just forgot about the bigger one!
but he didn't write me... i had lunch with donovan and his daughter astrella. last week.
but then again, he lives in mallorca now, and this is a small island...

joan vich (joan vich), Monday, 2 June 2003 14:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tim Quirk from Too Much Joy sent me an xmas card when I was a junior or senior in high school.

I had sent a short letter to the band telling them I really liked their music and found it disturbing and comforting that my over-identifying with as upper middle class white suburb kids was probably completely accurate and as such would actually bug them. (They've got liner notes to that effect as well. Something like "Note to guys with bands just like ours: Cool. Keep the faith. Just don't come backstage and tell us about it. We'd rather meet your girlfriends.")

He described each member of the band briefly so I could figure out which one I over-identified with most. I chose him, as he described himself as "The kind of guy who writes xmas cards to someone he's never met."

martin m. (mushrush), Monday, 2 June 2003 15:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

piscesboy: if you live in the US, there is a NTSC VHS of Distant Voices, Still Lives that shouldn't be too hard to find. I don't know where to look if you're in the UK. Maybe contact the BFI? The films were shot two years apart, I thought.

amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 2 June 2003 15:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've been having spatterings of correspondence with comedians like Louis CK, Marc Maron, and, uh, no one else. I think there's someone else, but maybe oh yeah, how could I forget, Steven Wright.
Quite a few music people, like musicians, but I don't really count that, since it's sort of work-related.
Anyway, most of the correspondence goes like this:

Dear So-and-So Funnyman,

Please give me a job. I lie in a horrible place and I get treated like dirt at work. So anything you can offer me would be great. Especially if somehow it involves me driving a hot rod.
yrs truly,

their reply:

Dear Mr. Mann,

I represent Mssrs Rickles and Cosby, and at their behest I must ask that you cease and desist your campaign of harrassment and intimidation. Any further correspondence from you will be considered as "threatening" and passed on to the appropriate authorities.

F. Barnsworth Wadsfellow, LLB

PS, Enclosed is an autographed 8"X10" of your mom naked.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Monday, 2 June 2003 15:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

and damon and naomi are the sweetest couple i've ever met (i think i already said that on the g500 thread)...

Second that. Haha, I just remembered why I met them--they were playing in Montreal and they asked the Casa management if anyone could point out interesting Jewish cultural/heritage sites in the neighbourhood (once a big Jewish immigrant hotspot--there's lots of old synagogues, yeshivas, mikvahs etc if you're into that kind of thing). So the Casa calls me & I gave 'em the lowdown. Very funny weird incident.

s1utsky (slutsky), Monday, 2 June 2003 15:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What do you say in your letters? Do you talk about how they influenced you, point out things in your work that you especially liked, or just say like "thank you for the music [or whatever]"? I'd liked to have written to my favourite celebs back in the day, but I knew I really had nothing interesting or worthwhile to say. "Dear so and so, I love [latest album, film, book etc]!! My favourite bit is [blah blah]. You're my favourite [whatever]. I would really appreciate it if you could please send me your autograph. Best wishes in your future endeavours! Love from Poppy." Actually once I got Kay Whitmore's autograph with a nice message, shortly before the Canucks sent him back to Syracuse.

Poppy (poppy), Monday, 2 June 2003 15:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I woke up to an e-mail that made my day this morning, after posting my Magnetic Fields article, Ian Penman, unsolicited this time, wrote me saying: "69 thing: WOW". I will write back, though.

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 2 June 2003 20:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

You're sure it wasn't an invitation?

(Actually, the other thread was right: fucking jokes != funny!)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 2 June 2003 21:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

An invitation to 69?

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 2 June 2003 21:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I can think of worse things.

luna (luna.c), Monday, 2 June 2003 21:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Luna, with IP (!!) (??) (!!), though.

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 2 June 2003 21:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

even so...

luna (luna.c), Monday, 2 June 2003 21:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Post-structuralist 69? [insert triple exclamation marks or variant there are no variants]

Cozen (Cozen), Monday, 2 June 2003 21:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I get lots of nice emails from the singer of that ever so lovely beat combo Tugboat ;)

Trayce (trayce), Monday, 2 June 2003 22:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Not exactly famous and not mailing me back coz i didn't mail them but i got a nice message from dj speedranch the other day after posting something on a thread about him a while ago!

Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 09:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I woke up to an e-mail that made my day this morning, after posting my Magnetic Fields article


toby (tsg20), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 09:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

As a kid I used to collect autographs. When I wrote to Benny Hill I didn't just get the usual generic signed photo, I got a letter and a personally signed photo. Still have the photo but I'm sure someone at my primary school stole the letter.

When about 3 my brother really liked David Icke for some reason (he was on BBC Breakfast time at that point (David Icke, not my brother)). My mum helped him write to ask for a signed photo. Not only did he get a signed photo but he also got a Ladybird children's book about counting or the alphabet or something that he also signed. Always thought that was really nice of him.

mms (mms), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 09:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Spot is the dog. See Spot run.

"Run, Spot," says Dick. "Run, Spot," says Dora.

Run, Spot, run.

See Spot's blood. Dick is a lizard.

"Drink blood now," says Dick. "Arrrgh, grfffllfbBBLLfh," says Dora.

Drink, lizard, drink. Dick licks his chops.

The world is ours. Tremble, world, tremble.

(— "A must read": David Icke. "Important": Harold Pinter)

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 09:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ha ha ha... his tv presenting career was pre-turquise shellsuits and the Wogan debacle tho Mark! Looking at flat in your yard tonight btw! I got signed photo of Les Battersby (straight outta Corrie) after telling a friend who works at Granada TV that he rocked... i would have loved a Benny Hill autograph... a king of British comedy if ever there was one... have several records of him... v funny.

Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 10:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

margo harshman, aka tawny dean of disney's 'even stevens' fame.

err...i mean nothing.

brian badword (badwords), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 10:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dave q of the brazen hussies!!

geeta (geeta), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 11:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i once got an email from bobby seale, founder of the black panthers. i was studying liberal democracies for a level history, and we decided to do some hands on research. i found his site and wrote some deathly socialist nonsense about peddling barbeques being incompatible with the Struggle. he wrote back, telling me that "one must do more than just scratch the surface." "fuck me!," i thought, "i just got an email from bobby seale!"

matthew james (matthew james), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 11:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

GRILL SHILLAZ!! < / ancient ilxor in-jokes >

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 12:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It was off the hilla fo' shilla my nilla. (not really I was asleep)

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 12:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

wrote to Lester Piggott - he didn't write back - he went to jail
a friend wrote to Ian "dont tell em Pike" Lavender - he wrote back - he DIDN'T go to jail.

There is a pattern here people

james (james), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 12:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, well, if email counts, I got an reply from Marjorie Ingall once.

rosemary (rosemary), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 13:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Roger Ebert responded promptly to ny e-mail and helped settle a dispute between my wife and me concerning the ettiquite of walking out of movies.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 13:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

So is it proper to run down the aisle slapping everyone on the top of their heads as you exit or not?

NA. (Nick A.), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 13:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Legendary dub producer Mikey Dread wrote me an email to complain about an imagined slight in a review I wrote of Sandinista!, which he produced. Turned out it was a slang thing, as that's one of my fave albums ever and I would never insult it or him. We are still email friends.

Note to Rosemary: Marjorie Ingall and I are good friends. I've lied to her father. I once had to pretend to be her boyfriend to keep away a drunk stalker. Does she count as famous?

Neudonym, Tuesday, 3 June 2003 13:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think so! (Totally off topic, I had my first experience of meeting someone from the internet at her book signing.)

rosemary (rosemary), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 13:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got a package of Viking photographs of Mars from none other than Carl Sagan himself. Also received email from Steve Wozniak.

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 14:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's apparantly only proper if it's a showing of "Birth of a Nation" and the remaining audience members are rooting for the Klan.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 14:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If a one-line e-mail professing ignorance counts, then... McGUINN!!!

I can still hardly believe I have an e-mail from him.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 June 2003 14:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

As in Roger McGuinn? He wrote me back, turns out he never knew about the Robyn Hitchcock revamp of "Bells of Rhymney."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 14:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know about it either.

He wrote *me* back, turns out he's never heard Johnny Marr!!

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 June 2003 14:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got a package of Viking photographs of Mars from none other than Carl Sagan himself.

That is wicked. I just watched Cosmos, and I love the guy.

s1utsky (slutsky), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Roger McGuinn used to post all the time to alt.music.byrds. Still does on rare occasion now.

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He wrote *me* back, turns out he's never heard Johnny Marr!!

What what wha-???

Well, Johnny has certainly heard of him.

I should mention I did write an email to Momus back in the day regarding the Stars Forever project (ie it was not a fan letter/email), and he sent me an awfully nice reply.

Nicole (Nicole), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Colin, how do you reach Ebert? I've been meaning to write him a fan letter for a couple of weeks for his review of Gerry, but haven't even been able to find an email for Ask the Answer Man. Cuz I have a shitty old computer.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Come to think of it, though - can anyone point to a text in which Marr mentions McGuinn?

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

McGuinn wrote me back to, said yes he went to Parker in Chicago and that I should buy his CD.

amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(I felt weird complimenting him on a guitar solo he played 30 years ago.)

amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Pinefox, I'm almost 100% certain he mentioned McGuinn in an interview he did with Guitar Player magazine some years back about his influences. I don't think I still have the magazine, but maybe the interview is somewhere online?

Nicole (Nicole), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Toby - The Magnetic Fields.)

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 3 June 2003 15:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've lost Ebert's personal e-mail address, but there's a form at http://suntimes.com/ebert/email.html.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 13:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I once wrote the Ocean Blue when i was 16. Bobby the bass player sent me a letter back along with some stickers.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 13:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the Ocean Blue

Holy jesus, Chris V, the mention of that band made me realize that there are actually parts of the musical storeroom in my brain that actually do have cobwebs in them. Now I gotta figure out if I still have their first record or get it again. Hershey, PA. Fuckin' 'ell.

martin m. (mushrush), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 14:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Jem Kelly of the Lotus Eaters was a really good correspondent and a super bloke with it when I met him.

darren (darren), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 17:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Martin, i still own all their records.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 4 June 2003 17:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I once wrote the Ocean Blue when i was 16. Bobby the bass player sent me a letter back along with some stickers.

oh my god, ME TOO! except i think i was 14. i still have the stickers and letter somewhere.

sand.y, Wednesday, 4 June 2003 23:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ian penman writ me a nice email back when i writ him fan mail about his blog

duane, Thursday, 5 June 2003 00:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh oh I forgot: Michael Donaghy left a comment on my blog once :)

Archel (Archel), Thursday, 5 June 2003 07:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I once got into an on-going email argument with someone we were teaming with on a large proposal. End of the project we all got together to celebrate the award - turned out I'd been arguing with an astronaut who'd been on Mir and stuff. I felt so silly for not having recognized their email.

Oh - and one of the SkyLab astronauts sent me a nice "thank you" letter for having given him a tour of our offices - again, I didn't know who it was at the time.

Momus does write nice letters back, sometimes. Sometimes I think he has someone else write on his behalf. Or maybe not. How does one decide which emails to answer?

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Friday, 6 June 2003 02:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

noam chomsky.

geeta (geeta), Friday, 6 June 2003 06:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yes but what if Noam isn't available to triage my e-mails?

Chris P (Chris P), Saturday, 7 June 2003 19:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Then you pray like hell that the mail doesn't get forwarded to Dinesh d'Souza.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 7 June 2003 21:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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