I had an English teacher in high school who, as one of our assignments, made us write a letter to a living artist whose work we appreciated. He said we'd be shocked at how many of these artists, even the most famous, would write back to say that we had made their day. And he was right. He had letters his students had received posted on the wall from Donald Fagan (of Steely Dan fame) and Edie Brickell (of New Bohemians fame), among others. One of my classmates got a wonderful letter from the novelist Tom Wolfe. It was amazing to me that these glamorous strangers would care what a high school student thought, but they did. Or at least some of them did. For some reason, I chose to write my letter to the rapper Ice-T. He never got back to me.
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