I wanted to write you, not only to tell you how much I enjoyed [your book] Isn't It Pretty To Think So, but also to thank you, because one sentence from it changed my outlook for the better.
When Henry told Jake "I believe that life can be just gorgeous if you're willing to give yourself to someone, and that you'd be a fool to hold yourself back from experiencing something like that", it really struck me. I decided after reading that sentence, to open myself back up to the idea of falling in love. I didn't have anyone in particular in mind, but figured that if someone who seemed worthwhile came around, I would give them an honest chance.
A few months after finishing your book and ring raining Henry's quote into my memory, I met someone, and decided not to hold myself back this time. For the first time in a long time I can say that life is "just gorgeous". Thank you for helping me get the courage to give myself to someone again. -- D.B." "Nick how often do you get letters like this?" "A couple times a week." "No wonder you don't need to do drugs."22h
ronenvStendhal Syndrome: a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.2d