On Receiving Fan Mail

by Travis Mateer

The timing is what makes this stuff so much fun! You might not hear the sarcasm yet, but trust me, it’s there.

I’ve been using Jung’s term, synchronicity, to describe the phenomenon of meaningful coincidence, and it’s one that can be both affirming, in a positive way, and sometimes, disorienting.

Earlier this week I grabbed a thick file of mail I received from a mentally ill woman many years ago. Since this woman sent letters to my HOME address, and mentioned my kids several times, I decided to take steps to better protect my family.

Here’s an example of one of the letters I received:

The piece of fan mail I got this week was typed, but the enveloped was hand-written. Here is what my name looked like on the envelope:

And here is the content of letter:

Whoever wrote this lovely letter shouldn’t worry about being identified. I’ve pissed off so many people, the list of possibilities is pretty long.

The author of this letter is ultimately a coward hoping to land something against me, but all they did was deepen my resolve to keep exposing what I know about what’s happening here.

If you want to support my efforts, there are ways to help at my about page.

Thanks for reading, and have a GREAT weekend!

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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3 Responses to On Receiving Fan Mail

  1. Brian Edenfield says:

    Travis, I have reached out to you 9 times with no response from you. If you are going to run a blog it would be nice if you responded to your audience. Feels like you have no interest in your followers?

  2. John Kevin Hunt says:

    You know you’ve “arrived,” when you start receiving hate mail. Even when I find your assertions inconvenient and your substantive positions contrary to mine, I almost always find that disagreeing with your underlying premises would be intellectually dishonest. For example, what you said Monday evening to the City Council was in my opinion spot on; nonetheless, we took different positions on the matter pending…the 5,000 lb elephant in the room then, was capitalism, and because discussion of that is taboo, we will continue the often counterproductive policies to address problems. Jungian “synchronicity” and “collective consciousness” are cool concepts. I’m glad you’re around to illuminate things that make us uncomfortable. c

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