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The Beautiful Letter by Lincøln

January 9th, 2008 1:30 AM / Location: 34.105195,-118.3191

INSTRUCTIONS: Create a love letter (either real or ficticious). Figure out a way to distribute it such that either:

(A) it is viewed by a great number of people, or
(B) it is viewed by a very small number of people but as a result it completely blows their minds.

As an example of (A) consider the following:

Spiral Love Letter: Helen has vanished, and one of her admirers writes her a love letter. To impress her, he divides the letter into eighteen parts, and prints each part on a separate US Priority Mail sticker. The letter contains prose, poetry, a brief play, e-theory, and several hyperlinks (printed in blue) to significant project websites. He places the stickers on street corners in downtown Chicago, starting at Washington and Dearborn and ending at Monroe and Wabash. There are four of the same stickers per intersection, one on each corner. Each sticker lists the intersection before and after, such that readers can follow the chain of stickers to read the letter in its entirety. The path they must follow forms a spiral that progresses past the Art Institute to the Palmer House Hotel. There, the letter indicates that the reader should "go up" and contains instructions for ascending to the roof of the hotel. On the roof they find a piece of paper with more plot information in a ziploc bag.

As an example of (B), consider if the love letter were inserted into a random file in an office in which you do not work.

I love this idea, the fact that not only the letter but also the meaning behind the letter are so ephemeral.

So I wrote a letter (kind of a poem really) and split it into fifteen parts and distributed it around Hollywood taped to poles at certain intersections which, when the dots are connected between each location where the individual pieces are, a picture is formed, and that picture spells out the meaning behind the letter.

The reasoning behind the letter I wrote can be seen here in my completion of A Strange Kind of Love.

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posted by Charlie Fish on January 9th, 2008 2:24 AM

Is the meaning a secret?

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posted by Ink Tea on January 9th, 2008 5:45 AM

We don't have the cross streets for #6- I can see that one is Wilton, I think the other is Franklin...

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posted by Ink Tea on January 9th, 2008 6:02 AM

Yay Google Maps. Lincoln, I'm going to ask you permission before I post my guess- is it ok with you?

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posted by Lincøln on January 9th, 2008 6:54 AM

The meaning is not a secret Charlie, and Ink Tea has already deduced the meaning, but will hold off on the beautiful work she did in proving her guess until those of us left coasters have had a chance to at least be awake and see this and maybe figure it out for themselves (thanks Ink).

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on January 9th, 2008 1:49 PM


I'll have to wait until I get home before I try this, but it looks great.

The connection may be unrelated, but I still get the creeps every time I go by Catalina and Sunset.

As I complete my token interregnum task...
posted by Ink Tea on January 9th, 2008 6:00 PM

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posted by Lincøln on January 9th, 2008 9:18 PM

Yeah, ending on Catalina and Sunset is near an unfortunate landmark, and now that I think about it so does Tamarind & Franklin. The proximity to those landmarks for both the beginning and ending of this journey is accidental and no meaning should be derived from this fact.

And it is a bit weird and it creeps me out too.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on January 9th, 2008 9:43 PM

Wow. That is brilliant, sir.

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posted by Lincøln on January 18th, 2008 9:15 PM

Thank you.

I have gotten word that the intended recipient went to the starting point and the paper had been removed. So at least the first one is gone now. And she has not seen her Beautiful Letter. :(