"If the world were to end this year, what would you want to say to it?" A simple question, sure, but one with an endless (and endlessly fascinating) variety of possible answers. Answers that the interactive web series/community-letter writing initiative, Love Letters to the End, have set out to collect and share with the world. Phew! Intrigued by the premise, we asked creator Peter Spears Dean to share a few of the favorite letters he's received so far. Check them out below, and leave us a comment telling us what your own letter would say! (Better yet, tell Peter. And be sure to take a look at the first episode in his web series here.)
Illustrations from Erik:
I met Erik at an art and music show in Chinatown a few months ago. I was there handing out stamped, addressed envelopes for Love Letters to the End. He approached my table, picked up an envelope and read the instructions. He said writing wasn't his forte, so I asked him to draw something, anything he wanted, and that could be his love letter to the world. When I saw the designs on the envelope, I knew this one would be special.
Haikus to the world:
When we pulled this one out of the PO box, it felt thicker than any other we had received. Julia and I were amazed as we opened it to find three pages of Haikus from a group called Haiku Wednesdays. The introduction tells us someone in the group discovered us online, and on a Wednesday in March, they chose Love Letters to the End as a theme. Some are sad, some are celebratory, and others, well, are about Godzilla.
Letter from Slovakia:
This was our first international letter! It's from Slovakia. It's poetic, melancholy, and has a lighthearted touch at the end. We received this letter the night before a Salon, an art event we hold in my intentional community in LA in which people have 5 minutes to share anything to a warm and welcoming crowd. I read it aloud to friends and strangers both, and after that moment, everyone understood why we care for this project.