Samara O'Shea

Archive for May, 2012

Video Art

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

I teamed up with some fabulous filmmaker friends of mine and made a short piece of video art—it’s me reciting “The Raven.” I memorized the poem in college and always wanted to recite it on stage. In the age of YouTube, we can create our own stage. The video is in its final phases of editing. I’ll share once it’s ready. For now, here are some photos from the shoot.

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August 1985

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Reader Jim living in Hong Kong sent me a Washington Post article over the weekend. It was written in August 1985, and the author laments the loss of letter writing compared to the phone call. In August 1985 I was a month shy of my sixth birthday, and it was at least ten years before the Internet came to town. I guess we’ve been scared the letter is going away for a long time, and it has yet to finally go away. Here’s the write up: Letters: Treasures No Call Can Equal. Here are some eloquent points the writer makes:

“On the telephone you talk; in a letter you tell. There is a pace to letter writing and reading that doesn`t come from the telephone company but from our own inner rhythm.”

“There is leisure and emotional luxury in letter-writing. There are no obvious silences to fill anxiously. There are no interruptions to brook. There are no nuances and tones of voice to distract. A letter doesn`t take us by surprise in the middle of dinner, or intrude when we are with other people or ambush us in the midst of other thoughts. It waits. There is a private space for thinking between the give and the take.”

A Modern Idea

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

There was a write-up in the Times. . .not 10 years ago. . .not 5 years ago. . .but rather 5 days ago and it’s called A Stunning, New Social Media Tactic: Handwritten Notes. This article confirms what we letter writers already knew: the letter grows more powerful, because it’s increasingly rare. So keep hand writing. You’ll stand out from the crowd!

All the President’s Love Letters

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The June issue of Vanity Fair features a handful of love letters written by 22-year-old Barack Obama. He’s so dreamy. Sigh. I’ll let you know when I get my hands on the issue. For now, a preview:

Royal Letter

Friday, May 4th, 2012

How fun is this? A friend of mine sat down last spring with her two-year-old daughter and wrote to the Queen (of England) telling her how excited they were to watch the royal wedding. A few months later, they received a letter from Buckingham Palace thanking them for their interest. For a child obsessed with the Disney princess series, this is better than receiving a letter from Santa Claus. (You should be able to view the file if you have Adobe Acrobat).