The Fundamental One
...the story of a girl and a boy and dreaming...
June 17, 2008
Thank you so much for asking me to contribute to your issue of .Cent Magazine and writing a piece on A. R. Gurney’s play “Love Letters.” Since I had never seen this play, I have gone to my trusted Wikipedia web site and started doing research. My first thought was that I did not feel qualified as a writer to write about a such renowned play by such a successful play write. But as I read about the play, something hit me as a person. Like his characters “Andrew” and “Melissa,” I have had love relationships in the emotional and spiritual senses without every coming together physically. I also started connecting to Gurney’s using the love letter as an epistolary form of communication. I have communicated with other forms of documents such as diary entries, blogs, emails, poems, songs, videos, plays, movies. But I have never written a personal love letter in my life. Hmmm...I knew something was up then. I knew I had to write my own love letters like “Andrew” and “Melissa.” But like Gurney, I was going to do it as a writer with characters speaking my words to each other. In other words, I was going to hide. But in my hiding, I hope I have created something for not just one, but many others-you, the readers of .Cent. If you are brave, send your beloved a love letter straight out and direct by letter, email, or any form you so desire. Love letters can aslo include songs, poems, food, jewelry, fashion [Calvin Klein, of course], or just a simple smile. What counts is just sending your love-parental, filial, carnal, and even divine. So here are my love letters. They are from “Gwen” and “Phillip.” Of course, we know they are really for that someone else in my life. But don’t keep your Love a secret. After all Love and the expression of it are as fundamental to life as dreaming your dreams...
Love to you Kevin, .Cent Magazine, and, of course, all of you...
George R. Carr