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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee September 20, 2017 - 1:01am

A friend asked me to write a 7-line letter to her. No trivialities, no weather, just literature. 
I have a beginning in mind, but I'd like to hear how you'd take on something like this.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman September 20, 2017 - 11:32am

I'm a reviser. So I'd probably write the letter I wanted to write, figure out what I most wanted to say, then chop out everything else. 

If that didn't work, I'd probably find a friend who wasn't so demanding :)

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal September 20, 2017 - 9:29pm

write two haikus preceded by a "dear (whoever)"

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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee September 21, 2017 - 1:03am

Both are good advices. Thus far, this is what I 've got. Two lines.

Janet Frame, the late New-Sealandian writer, spent years in a psychiatric ward and was to get a lobotomy, until she received an important, nationwide literary prize for her short fiction. Whenever I feel I'm questioning literature and its relevance, I think of this anecdote. 

 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 22, 2017 - 9:26am

I'd tell my friend my rates.