Huffy Letter Written By Titanic Survivor Sells For $12,000

A Titanic survivor penned a furious letter to a friend weeks after the infamous sinking, but her outrage was not due to reasons you'd expect. It netted $11,875 in a recent auction, and its contents offer a singular window into the mind of the one percent, 1912 style. » 1/23/15 6:00pm 1/23/15 6:00pm

Here's What Would Happen If You Asked Ayn Rand To Loan You Money

In 1949, a 17-year-old girl named Connie Papurt wanted to buy a dress but needed $25. So she did what a lot of young women in her situation would do: asked a relative if she could borrow the money. The relative? Her aunt, author and economic philosopher Ayn Rand. » 1/15/15 11:40am 1/15/15 11:40am

The Invention Of The Letter G

The letters of our alphabet seem like a fixed, immutable thing today. But there was a time when the alphabet as we knew it was still in flux — and some of the letters we use today joined later than others. Here's the story of how the letter g came to join our alphabet. » 7/03/14 4:20pm 7/03/14 4:20pm

Hundreds of Charles Darwin's previously unpublished letters to be…

Charles Darwin's personal letters have a reputation for being quite revealing, and, at times, very entertaining. They're where he weighed the pros and cons of marriage, and berated himself for being "very stupid." Now, more than 1,000 letters between Darwin and botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker have been made available… » 3/30/13 3:00pm 3/30/13 3:00pm

Clever comic explains where the letters of the alphabet got their shapes

It's easy to forget that our Latin-derived alphabet came from earlier alphabets that used physical objects to represent their letters. Cartoonist Jason Novak reminds us of the Egyptian, Phoenician, and Sumerian origins of our modern alphabet, with the letters incorporated into sketchy, energetic cartoons. » 9/30/12 4:00pm 9/30/12 4:00pm

Amazingly Touching 1976 Letter from Ray Bradbury to Robert Heinlein:…

Even the great masters of science fiction paid tribute to the people who influenced them. Today, Letters of Note has a beautiful 1976 letter that Ray Bradbury wrote — by hand — to Robert Heinlein. » 9/14/11 10:30am 9/14/11 10:30am

Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this…

After the first pilot for Star Trek was on the verge being rejected by NBC, Gene Roddenberry sent this impassioned letter to his agent on February 12, 1965. It's a fascinating snapshot of Roddenberry with his back against the wall. » 11/27/10 8:30am 11/27/10 8:30am

Gene Roddenberry's 1973 letter: Star Trek was about people, not hardware

A 1973 letter from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to a fan is worth reading. He explains that Trek had no "magic formula" other than focusing on people. And Spock looked like the Devil because it was "provocative to women." » 6/11/10 4:20pm 6/11/10 4:20pm

Heinlein slammed scifi fandom during WWII

Author Robert Heinlein took great pride in his military service, having graduated from Annapolis and served in the Navy. In a letter to fandom leader Forrest J. Ackerman, Heinlein condemns science fiction fans who didn't participate in WWII efforts. » 5/28/10 3:30pm 5/28/10 3:30pm

Dick Believed Blade Runner Would Revive a Dying Genre

Philip K. Dick died before Blade Runner was completed, but in a letter to film's production company, he praised what he'd seen and claimed it would breathe life into what he believed was a stale genre. [via Letters of Note] » 10/13/09 12:40pm 10/13/09 12:40pm