Read Morrissey’s Note To A Pen Pal

    When he was just 21 years old, a Manchester lad by the name of Steven Morrissey answered an ad in Sounds magazine that was looking for a pen pal and started a correspondence with Robert Mackie, who lived in Glasgow, Scotland. For the next eighteen months, the two exchanged notes, including this characteristically-despondent and biting one from the future Moz.

    At the time Morrissey was just completing his book on James Dean, so his letter to Mackie is composed on the back of a James Dean photo. The full text:

    Steven Morrissey
    384- Kings Rd
    Manchester- M32 8GW

    Dear Person,

    So nice to know there’s another soul out there, even if it is in Glasgow.

    Does being Scottish bother you? Manchester is a lovely little place, if you happen to be a bedridden deaf mute.

    I’m unhappy, hope you’re unhappy too.

    In poverty,


    This charming man, I’m sure. The Smiths formed just a few months later, and Morrissey never said anything inflammatory every again. [Daily Swarm/Letters of Note]