Monday, October 12, 2009

An Inspirational Letter from a Beatles Fan

Hammett forwarded the following letter from one of his readers, but it wasn’t what I expected. The letter follows in its entirety, which is brief and poignant.

"Dear Mr. Hammett,

I bought your book because I liked John Lennon and the first two pages seemed interesting. It was a good book, but that’s not why I’m writing. My life hasn’t been a happy one. Pretty much everything has gone wrong. A lot of magical things happen in your story, and I sure wish they would happen in my own life. It was fun for a few moments to pretend that they might. When I read the book I remembered being very excited every time I saw the Beatles on TV, thanks for helping me to remember what that excitement felt like."

Cat: Very moving.

Hammett: If that man had been my only reader, it would have been worth all the time and effort of writing the book. I think there are different ways to define a miracle. Somewhere in between the lines of that letter is hope. Maybe that’s magic enough during tough times.

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