That Deadline article was SO BAD but the many tweets it inspired were SO GOOD.
(You really don’t need to read this; you already know what this article is about)
My mom keeps asking me if I’ve opened the link she sent me to Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk.
This is a link to a Slate article linking to a single-subject Tumblr, which is one hell of an orouboros, but Kindle Book Cover Disasters (how had I never heard of this?) is worth it.
“As we scrolled through the images, a couple caught our eye. An image of Mount Rushmore, or Six Grandfathers, as we Sioux call it, before the faces of the four “Founding Fathers” were carved into it.”
Okay the first half of this is just kind of WHATEVER background dressing, the second half is where it gets GOOD:
These personal details, presumably invented by the book’s author, are what make these letters so peculiar. And it gets stranger as the templates dive into the fraught world of:
The very first example — “From a Gentleman to a Young Lady Friend of His about a Misunderstanding” — is followed by three possible answers: one “Kindly”, one “Conciliatory”, and one “Chilly”: “I think that my manner toward my friends and acquaintances usually represents me correctly. Truth to one’s self will not always allow absolute uniformity in one’s outward action. I think a further exchange of explanations will not be profitable.”
I feel like every year or two something like this pops up, that’s like, “Did you know Pretty Woman originally ended in a violent mall shooting?” but it’s still pretty good, if you like hearing about what famous movies were going to be about before they became famous movies, which I do, so I liked it.
I’M CLICKING AS FAST AS I CAN
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.