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Benedict Cumberbatch read the letter a few weeks ago at a London event called Letters Live (a series where famous people read famous people’s letters) and it’s brilliant! In April of 1965, artist Sol LeWitt wrote a letter of encouragement to his friend Eva Hesse, a sculptor. She had just moved to Germany with her husband (who she later divorced) and felt what most people feel at some time or another when they try to make something: like shit. His supportive, hilarious, crude, and fiercely genuine letter to her became a classic because it says exactly what needs to be said in times like these—shut up and do the work rather than questioning yourself. It’s ok to make mistakes. It’s better to make mistakes. Just do the work.
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