The Hate Mail of 1969 and 1970 (Or, 1970 Was More Than 40 Years Ago)

Before the Internet, there was plenty of hate mail-there was just no place to print your hate mail. Editors kept it in a file called “Hilarious/Crazy/Scary” and never would it appear in a magazine. Nowadays, praise be, we can see the grand range of human emotion and grammar all throughout the tubes of the webs. Let’s take a look back at what used to pass for acceptable hate mail, in the form of letters to Life about that terrible housewife, Joan Didion.


Why, oh why, is she not more sunshiney.


Back to the kitchen, etc.

Here, for a palate cleanser, you can read 1950 Was More Than 20 Years Ago.