Reading letters is another part of the story and the experience is just as beautiful as writing them. To be able to sense a person’s feelings and sympathize with their thoughts is the most human thing there is. When van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, you would sense his anguish over his own life and his own art, as if you, yourself were Theo. You would feel disheartened with the intensity of Van Gogh’s words, yet the way his letter preserved the depth of his burdens is most wonderful.
Perhaps, there’s a reason why letters are enigmatic: they stop time. They would always bring you to the moment it was made; probably a vision of ink-sullied palms, scrawled handwriting, and mounds of crumpled paper. Letter writing is laborious; one needs time to make it. However, the sort of magic that is kept in letters turn the most insane thoughts into the most poetic of all things. Letters never grow old. And it’s ironic really, how you can feel the most intense, most passionate with written letters - sans emoticons, sans emojis.