“…then all you have is more goodness…”

Fiona Apple Letter

Fiona Apple's letter to then 16-year-old

A handwritten letter Fiona Apple wrote in 2000 to a then 16-year-old high school student, who had asked her to write a note for his school’s gay-straight-alliance is making the rounds on the Internet. With much sincerity Apple writes, “A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love to another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.”

Bill Magee described his experience with the musician on his blog. “Quite frankly, 16-year-old me was much more interested in interacting with a celebrity than building an alliance between gays and straights, but Fiona took me at my word and wrote me this really sweet letter,” he notes. “The show was on a Friday, and I got this via FedEx the following Tuesday, and she even apologizes for it taking so long. For much of the 12 years that have passed since these events transpired, this has been the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me.”

He concludes: “I’ve met her a couple of times since, but I never got a chance to thank her for taking some time out and being so thoughtful, especially for a lonely weirdo like me.”

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