Find Something to Be That You Can Love

There’s a wonderful site I know called Letters of Note. It’s an archive of fascinating letters, faxes, memos and other forms of correspondence deserving of a wider audience. It’s had me in tears over the keyboard a few times, but the piece I wanted to share with you is rather beautifully uplifting, I think.

Iggy Pop wrote this letter to a fan, Laurence, who had written to him nine months earlier; scared, angry and feeling alone. It’s full of generosity and grace and…I’ll shut up now. xoxo [transcript follows]
Iggy Pop letter to LaurenceIggy Pop letter to Laurence

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