When was the last time you wrote or received a handwritten letter? Josh Deal: The last handwritten letter I wrote was to my ex-girlfriend about breaking up. From what I understand, it’s not proper to break up over a text, but Dear John letters are still cool! Nick Clark: I hand write letters to my wife about half as much as she writes them to me. What they are about is our own damned business.
Scott Renshaw: It may or may not have been something I sent to a right jolly old elf asking for something to be left in my stocking. We’ll just let that be between us. John Paul Brophy: As City Weekly’s oldest employee, it should come as no surprise that I am in handwritten (well, typewritten) correspondence with my brother as well as several friends. Life in general is the usual theme; odd news stories and clippings are often included. Rachel Scott: I wrote a handwritten letter to my wife for her birthday about a month ago. She wrote one to me shortly after we got engaged last New Year’s.
Pete Saltas: I made a vow never to hand write a letter unless I got to use a quill and a jar of ink.
Jackie Briggs: I wrote my parents a letter a few years back by hand. I didn’t think much of it. Then I came to visit them a year later and noticed it framed, mounted and displayed in their bedroom like it was an Oscar. I don’t kid myself and think that it was the beauty of my words that moved them, but you’d be surprised what a few handwritten words of gratitude will do. The permanently displayed misspellings and overuse of the word “amazing” are their own reward.
Originally from Sandpoint, Idaho, but now based in Portland, Ore., real-life identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook have voices that could charm birds out of trees, making their harmony-rich indie-folk music sweetly beautiful indeed.
There is something about a self-taught artist who has developed the ability to look at the world through an artist's eyes. Peruvian-born Enrique Vera spent most of his life in the Nueva Leon region of northeast Mexico, and has developed an ability to capture the history, geography and culture of the region with his photography. Mestizo Gallery, in conjunction with local nonprofit organization Artes de Mexico en Utah, will present an exhibition of Vera's photography to close out its 2014 calendar.