Hang On, My Love

If you are as of yet unfamiliar with Letters of Note, I kindly suggest you drop by the site and peruse the many letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, memos and whatnot, written by various notable individuals.

This is one of my favorites, by far. Written by Iggy Pop to his 21-year-old fan Laurence. It arrived on her doorstep the day her family was being evicted from their home in Paris.

The original letter is below, but here’s the transcript:

dear laurence,

thankyou for your gorgeous and charming letter, you brighten up my dim life. i read the whole fucking thing, dear. of course, i’d love to see you in your black dress and your white socks too. but most of all i want to see you take a deep breath and do whatever you must to survive and find something to be that you can love. you’re obviously a bright fucking chick, w/ a big heart too and i want to wish you a (belated) HAPPY HAPPY 21st b’day and happy spirit. i was very miserable and fighting hard on my 21st b’day, too. people booed me on the stage, and i was staying in someone else’s house and i was scared. it’s been a long road since then, but pressure never ends in this life. ‘perforation problems’ by the way means to me also the holes that will always exist in any story we try to make of our lives. so hang on, my love, and grow big and strong and take your hits and keep going.

all my love to a really beautiful girl. that’s you laurence.

iggy pop


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