The White Horse
"...The Letters is a contemporary take on this dust-covered genre, mostly relating the early vocation of Mother Teresa, the renowned nun who served the poor in the slums of Kolkata, founded the still-thriving Missionaries of Charity, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her life’s work. Granted, the woman’s no saint, technically speaking – she’s a miracle short of canonization – but few today see her as anything less, and rightly so..."
"...The flawed Flags tells the story of the three American men who obeyed their superior officers and willingly accepted the guise of heroic mascots in a public relations blitz to raise support for the war on the home front. Letters From Iwo Jima instead looks at the story of the 36-day World War II battle for the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective..."
"...Dear People of Letters,..."
"...Starring: Robyn Lively, Jeffrey Johnson, Tanner Maguire, Michael Christopher Bolten, Maree Cheatham, Bailee Madison and Ralph Waite. I’ve seen sick kids exploited for all sorts of reasons – usually as easy ploys to manipulate emotions but sometimes to sell things or encourage philanthropic outpourings – but Letters to God takes the cake (make that the holy wafer)..."
"...The "Letter to Momma," as it's come to be called, was written by a precocious Oscar as a 14-year-old boarding school student in Ireland. Watkins was documenting its condition to prepare the letter for a transatlantic journey to the British Library, where it became the acclaimed centerpiece of an exhibit of Wilde letters that has since traveled to the Morgan Library in New York..."
"...Dear Editor, The letters to the editor are one of my favorite parts of the Chronicle, as it gives a forum for people to add often very interesting information (or rebuttals) to articles or raise issues that are otherwise not covered in the Chronicle. However, the one subject that I have seen endlessly droning on over the years with nothing new ever being added is the letters from motorists complaining about cyclists and letters from cyclists complaining about motorists. These letters are usually run without an original article to make them pertinent, and printing them only serves as a public forum for two groups to make sweepingly generalized accusations about the other. Printing letters from either camp extolling their own virtues while denigrating the other's serves no public interest, raises no new issue, and takes space away from much more interesting letters. I would like to suggest that in the future car vs..."
"...Activists across the country took action Wednesday, Sept. 12, against Department of Homeland Security plans to convert "Social Security 'no match' letters into a tool of immigration enforcement..."
"...The Austin Chronicle: Why do you write so many letters?..."
"...Harpo jumps over the front desk and perches on a file cabinet beside rows of cubbyholes stuffed with mail. His face is a study in delight as he takes letters from the cubbies and tears them in half...."
"...Because, strange as it may seem, and no matter how personal it gets, the column hasn't been about "I" – though this one is. Rather, I've thought of it as letters to somebody who matters..."
"...Long before he died, his exploits were trumpeted (often invented) far and wide. But there's nothing in the legend of Wild Bill to tell why he took such care to make his letters lovely...."
"...In the weeks preceding the Travis Co. Commissioners Court's consideration of the delinquent tax collection system, commissioners received letters from prominent "concerned citizens" about the issue..."
"...As with so many children, beneath the poses my actual feelings were almost unbearably tender, full of yearning and longing, rended by paradox, and consumed with the child's impossible project of trying somehow, in some unimaginable way, to redeem the pain of my family. (In a society like ours, where unhappiness itself is seen as failure, this state of mind is all the more acute.) I'd discovered early what everyone finds out sooner or later: that everything you depend on, everything you assume, and everything you hope for, can suddenly shatter and leave you with nothing, nothing at all, nothing but the look in your eyes. My mother was in a mental hospital somewhere on Long Island; there was no way to call her, and I couldn't be sure she received my letters..."
"...For this special anniversary issue, we've gathered letters from over the years that embody the voice of this city. Creative, snarky, and unapologetic: the essence of "weird." Some of them are almost timeless (i.e., musicians' gripes, complaints about SXSW, editorial criticism, the smoking ban) and some dreams never die (lookin' at you, light rail)..."
"...My friend Bill Cotter, the author of the terrific novels Fever Chart and The Parallel Apartments, is also a dealer in rare books: An essay he wrote about that occupation was recently awarded a Pushcart prize. The man's professional bibliomongering is why, when I was scoping out the works on display at Northern-Southern Gallery's current "Letters" exhibition, I thought of him..."
"...Item 6: Last month, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston "ruled that the FBI's practice of so-called national security letters to banks, phone companies and other businesses is unconstitutional, saying the secretive demands for customer data violate the First Amendment" (The Associated Press, March 15)..."
"...Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan and Gael García Bernal. Is Gary Winick atoning for his sins? If Bride Wars was an acid spill – and that’s putting it generously – then Letters to Juliet is like the safety shower in your high school chemistry class, delivering an unsubtle blast of sanitized sentimentality..."
"...We're doing something a little different this year. In the name of fun we've chosen nine letters from the calendar year '09 that readers may find amusing, insightful, regionally topical, or none of the above..."
"...The best of those pocketbooks was a collection of letters by a World War I flier, a Brit. I remember neither title nor author but can still recite his dedication: "To my first wife,/who died long ago,/to whom these letters were written/in the springtime of life." It struck me hard, how he lived through the dangers of war while his young wife did not survive the hazards of peace...."
"...If you claim a moral commitment to nonviolence you'll have to prove it. Letters from clergy will be essential, and it'll help to have letters from counselors, teachers, shrinks, doctors..."
"...Wilks ["Postmarks," Nov. 21], I had originally offered some reasonable letters asking reasonable questions about the validity of "common knowledge" concerning several well-known issues like the environment and race and local politics, but apparently someone at the Chronicle thought it better to make snide, offensive comments about the subjects and insult me personally with the headings they placed on those letters..."
"...Mr. Black, I enjoyed your editorial on "Postscripts" and the dilemma of titling all the letters that will be printed in the Chron's online edition ["Page Two," Aug..."
"...You will not find it in the Magna Carta (written 900 years ago) or in the thousands of governmental documents or declarations since. It was implied in Thomas Jefferson's 1776 founding thought that "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" (Jefferson's capital letters) are "unalienable Rights" (not inalienable -- un-alienable, not subject to being alienated) ....."
"...Neal was the model for Dean Moriarty in Kerouac's On the Road -- a book that influenced our 14th Street tribe mightily. Carolyn said, "Do you know what their letters to me were full of? Dreams of finding a nice little house and a nice little job and settling down..."
"...But in October, after reading the Chronicle story about the alleged rape of Virginia Glore (see "Raped Twice?" Oct. 12), Johnson fired off a series of letters, possibly transforming her into Glore's most ardent supporter...."
"...Aviña's letters are passionate and irritable, yet underneath the indignation is a sense of love. He loves his gente, and he loves Austin..."
"...Come back to the dorm then eat dinner between 3:30 and 4:30. Back to the dorm, watch TV, or read, write letters, mainly write letters and read..."
"...Not many ever complete a novel; almost no one gets to make a movie; but poetry, like music, is exercised by many of whom you would not expect it. When I was 18 I worked in the mailroom at the prison on Riker's Island in New York City; my job was to open the letters to process any checks or cash and to take out any sexy material (though I always let the sexy stuff through); I'd get bored and read the letters, and was struck by how many primitive poems were written by the letter-writers, people who, if their writing was any indication, were barely educated at all..."
"...Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire founded Women of Letters, a literary salon in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010 to celebrate the art of the epistolary tradition in an age of 140-character missives. The bestselling series presents a collection of notable female authors, musicians, and actors writing and reading a carefully composed letter following the predetermined theme of the evening..."
"...In "The Revolution Will Be Printed" ("Letters at 3am," Feb. 8), I documented the present state of digital fabrication..."
"...If you're not, then you'll do what? Phone calls, emails, letters? I suspect a massive email campaign might stir things up enough for change. Better still, a few hundred thousand citizens enjoying their First Amendment right of peaceable assembly in front of the Jefferson Memorial would make the point...."
"...Four days later, on May 29, the Times started publishing front-page love letters to Turkey...."
"..."We've exchanged letters. Sort of."..."
"...Oops! In the Dec. 3 "Letters @3AM" column, "Of Mayhem and Delight," Michael Ventura states that there were 37 Charles Chaplin films made for Keystone Films in 1914 when, in fact, there were 36...."
"...The panel kicks off with the premiere screening of "The Flea Circus," a short film based on an excerpt from The Gay Place, directed and produced by his daughters Shelby and Sidney Brammer. Next up is a panel discussion, and if you know the first thing about Texas letters, you know the lineup is an impressive one: Longtime Texas Monthly columnist (and one of Brammer's Mad Dog pals) Gary Cartwright; Brammer's first wife, Nadine Eckhardt, whose memoir Duchess of Palms was just published by UT Press; legendary curmudgeon Don Graham, who's perhaps the leading authority on Texas literature; Kaye Northcott, former editor of The Texas Observer; Texas Monthly senior editor Jan Reid (The Bullet Meant for Me); and former state legislator A.R..."
"...Here at the Chronicle, when I write "Moon" or "Sun," proofreaders change them to "moon, and "sun." But if I write "cyberspace," they change it to "Cyberspace." The star that sustains us and the orb that accompanies us don't rate capital letters. Cyberspace does..."
"...One final bit of context: As I wrote last time ("Letters at 3AM," Dec. 5), becoming a semifamous writer in Los Angeles stirred up all my terrors, and I did my best to mess myself up any way I could manage, except for the actual writing on the page..."
"...Below is just a small sample of the letters received by Howard; they have been transcribed and minimally edited. Protected by attorney-client privilege, the narratives could not be legally confiscated as could other mail..."
"...But not like this. That sound around me was (forgive the capital letters) TOTAL..."
"...Beneath all our competing soundtracks and rhetoric, this is the true and secret American discourse. There is the cacophony of the "Public Discussion" (as a friend calls it in capital letters) and the longing and bafflement of the private discussions in our bars and diners and public conveyances..."
"...I'm opening at random (cross-my-heart-and-spit) ... the narrator speaking in verse and capital letters of his baseball-player father and his honky-tonk mom: "SHE SAYS A PERSON HAS TO DIG INTO THE HEART OF/EVERYTHING ....."
"...A future historian wishing to study how small cities grew recklessly and unpredictably in the last 25 years will use the Chronicle's Austin coverage as a prime source, a case study. That historian will find the letters as significant as the news and editorials..."
"...Dear Editor, As I sit in record 104-degree heat, wondering if it's gong to be another ozone action day, listening to TV news about a never-ending stream of casualties from our latest oil war in Iraq, I agree with Chip Pumphrey's letter ["Postmarks," July 8] that it would be nice to be able to avoid Amy Babich's letters. If I could, I wouldn't be reminded about how doggedly our country is creating an environmental quagmire..."
"...Visitors had left odds and ends fastened to the fence: photos, crosses, plastic flowers, sympathetic notes, and many small stuffed animals tied to the wire with string and strands of ribbon. On the memorial's outer wall, in large letters, this inscription: "May All Who Leave Here Know the Impact of Violence..."