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Dear Bob,

My name's Bon and I'm finding this incredibly awkward to compose, so please bear with me.  I felt compelled to write to you, as I feel like if I don't get it out, I'll explode.  So.  

I've been a non-believer for almost a year now.  I just turned 30 not too long ago, so now I'm just beginning my journey to reverse the 29 years of brainwashing, and frankly I'm terrified.  

My family thinks I'm nuts.  My mom thinks that I must have been hurt terribly to turn away from God and she blames herself for me going to hell.  It's been impossible, so far, trying to convince her that I do not and can not hate him as I believe he doesn't exist.  Nor do I hate her for the choices she's made.  You live what you learn and seeing as she's been brainwashed as well, I don't blame her, really.  

I just have so much to say, so many questions to ask.  You know how difficult it is to find a non-religious psychiatrist?  Mine, though her intentions are good (and I say this bitterly), is of the mindset that there's something better at the end.  I've realized so many amazing things and I need to talk to someone about them, but I'm afraid they'll think I'm really crazy.

I am 'mentally ill', and am on disability.  It makes it doubly hard to bite the hand that feeds me.  It makes me look like an ingrate, someone deserving of their savior's brand of justice.  I do not wish to be like this.  I want so badly to be able to get along with society but I just can't.  And live with myself.

I came across your site just around Christmas time, last year.  You gave me a lot to think about.  Though I don't know you, you have been the most honest human being I have ever read (met).  And the most sane!  If I would have seen this years ago, I would have been mad and it makes me laugh to think about that!  And then I feel relieved about  where I am today.  What you are doing is so important and please, keep up the excellent work.  I would love, one day, to come out to meet you. 

Thank-you for the impact you've had on my life so far.  Thank-you for your time.

May God always Be Less,

Bon
“Just wanted to say I saw your website. Initially, i thought it was great...”

Hey Bob,

Just wanted to say I saw your website. Initially, i thought it was great. As a lifelong LES resident (who also happens to be a former cartoonist) I was fascinated by your take on the dealings of Union Sq. The reason it struck a cord was because I used to hang in Wash Sq a bit and saw many of the characters who used to reside there before the construction (Wendell, quarter guy, peepers, etc). In fact, i shared many of the same natural planet observations and made a indie dark comedy/feature based on the pick-up/social circles of the park. That said, the more i delved into your sight the more i was disappointed at the misanthropic and condescending tone of your narrative.

On the defensive, you may claim this a celebration of NY character types but your confrontational manner (i.e.: handing out bedbug fliers, god doesn't exist fliers, etc.) feels more like the displaced childhood anger of an adult who got picked on in HS who now seeks out low hanging fruit. Yes, some of these people have issues but your lack of empathy troubles the fact that you should know your passion for this project likely comes from adolecent issues you may have yourself. Like may pessimistic cartoonists (Joe Matt, R.Crumb) who likely came from a childhood where they weren't desired by many girls or accepted in numerous social circles you have now insulated your ego by taking excessive pride in your individualism and feed a twisted wallflower revenge kick by neatly packing others into a social cut-outs that can be easily ripped to shreds.

I've lived in the east village my whole life so don't fool yourself that you don't cater to your own brand of constituents who laugh at your Vice-like putdowns. Anyone can be dissected. Sometimes it's just better know when observation crosses the line to public humiliation for personal gain. Right now, I'm sure you're pondering ways to throw my own observations back at me in some for or another. That's fine. Put-downs are a great way of feeling better about yourself. Unfortunately, that's my point.

All the best.
Daniel Lee

Nope. I fully admit I have issues. I say them right out loud on my site, often. You saw it for exactly what it is, and I'm enjoying everyone through those tainted lenses. No different than anyone else on planet earth. I suppose I could go at it pretending I feel so sorry for everyone, or act like it's all sad and it makes me cry myself to sleep each night, but then this site would be painful for me to work on instead of a pleasure.

Short of all that you should probably just stop coming to my site if it hurts that much. I know the type of site you're wanting, and there's a thousand of them out there for you to run to.
Bob

“Good enough to read but disappointing for it's point if view on the human condition.”

Nah. It not that it hurts. It's just reminds me of vice magazine. Good enough to read but disappointing for it's point if view on the human condition. Stay well.

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Daniel Lee

No one I know would ever believe a word of it if I pretended to be the PC person you prefer. I'm sure this will be a shocker to you, but these people don't want all the pity you'd prefer to see them get.

Bob

“Like calling that girl a hypocrite for not wearing the hugs tee when she called u out for publicly embarrassing the hugs guy.”

It's not pity or pc, man. It's just a matter of stepping over the line from funny observations to condescending and mean spirited snark some high school kid talks to make a name. Like calling that girl a hypocrite for not wearing the hugs tee when she called u out for publicly embarrassing the hugs guy. I dunno. 

Daniel Lee

HAHAHA! That? Are you serious?? I was NOT expecting you to point there. Had it ever crossed your mind I was saying those things to her to bust her balls because she clearly had no sense of humor? I mean, she was furious over the opposing of Free Hugs!

Christ, I was expecting you to point out some junky or homeless person I've posted, but not my jerky b.s. to a hot girl who started it with me to begin with!

My god. That was a splendid example to make your point.

Thanks for your comments, Dan. You're a shining example of the humorless L.E.S.
Bob

“It wouldn't do well for u to question yourself after getting a times write up...”

Back into your comfort zone of self-defense. Trying to slog me in with an imaginary group of humorless les people (the les doesnt have sense of humor...really?) anyway enough of this. It wouldn't do well for u to question yourself after getting a times write up so There was probably no potential in even asking u to question an approach to your content. You missed my point.  Which was my point.

Daniel Lee

If you're LES and think Free Huggers shouldn't be fucked with in every possible way then my point is made.

Bob

“There are plenty of more shitty people u could use that energy on.”

No. I find them silly and desperate but don't feel the need to print up a flyer to humiliate them. There are plenty of more shitty people u could use that energy on. It'd be pretty cool if u did that to the drug dealers. Still that's a much harder target I suppose.

Daniel Lee

Shittier people than the Free Huggers?

Come on. I find that hard to believe.

Bob

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