Le style de la lettre, c’est le style de celui qui la reçoit :
“The letter’s style is the receiver’s style”, I saw this sentence today, from a specialist of Proust, quoting approximatively… Lacan.
Let’s pull this string :
When someone writed a letter, there’s a will to communicate, it’s an effort to ‘tell’. The writer bothers, the writer dares.
And it’s NOT the conversation dance. When we talk with someone, it’s a tango, an adaptative dance, constantly moving, meandering together, watching each other; tango.
A letter is written alone, thinking about the other. Empathy.
Words on paper become a letter, an object, a “localized structure of the signifier”, says Lacan.
You adapt a style to the reader. Therefore it’s interesting to read the letters written by an author you like. You see them… in many styles.
You write a letter to a neighbor, a lover, a mother, and you bend your spirit, trying to adapt to what you know about the receiver…
Mmhh, that’s all, what do you think?
I don’t know. There’s probably a scale to draw about written things, from the letter to the article, from the book to the tweet.
Or else, do you write for yourself, expecting it could touch the other?
It’s linked to this : Paul Valéry about “writing for someone”?
Thanks for reading!