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Letters of Note: I like words

Brilliant cover letter c/o Letters of Note.
"When copywriter Robert Pirosh landed in Hollywood in 1934, eager to become a screenwriter, he wrote and sent the following letter to all the directors, producers, and studio executives he could think of. The approach worked, and after securing three interviews he took a job as a junior writer with MGM.

Pirosh went on to write for the Marx Brothers, and in 1949 won an Academy Award for his Battleground script.”

(Source: Dear Wit.)

Dear Sir:

I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.

I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around. 

I have just returned and I still like words. 

May I have a few with you?

Robert Pirosh
385 Madison Avenue
Room 610
New York
Eldorado 5-6024

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What do you listen to while you work?

Music is incredibly important in my life. I practically live with headphones glued to my ears—when I work, when I bike (don’t tell my mom), when I work out. So much so that I have various music modalities for different purposes—for reading books mostly classical, lots of Vivaldi; for light reading All Songs Considered, KEXP’s Song of the Day; for writing longer pieces, lots of jazz; and many, many more.

Lately my talented friend Debbie Millman has been sending me some wonderful custom playlists, so I’ve been working to those a lot.

I listen to podcasts quite a bit—mostly RadiolabDesign MattersScience Times99% Invisible, and Philosophy Bites—but I like to give those my full attention, so I don’t listen to them while writing. I do it on the subway, on my bike, at the gym, during flights. They do, however, often give me story ideas, so I supposed they still fall within the spectrum of work listening. Then again, the line between “work” and “life” is virtually nonexistent for me, so practically everything I listen to (or see, or do) feeds into my “work” one way or another.


The Beauty of the Irrational: Human beings don’t always make rational decisions. But making irrational decisions is precisely what makes us human. These decisions, based on an impulse or a feeling, often lead us to those perfect moments when it feels great to be alive. via