Prospect gets its share of letters, good and bad. We encourage anyone to write to David Goodhart, our editor – which you can do by e-mailing lettersATprospect-magazineDOTcoDOTuk. The funnier the better, of course. But we do get the occasional oddity too, often written in unusual coloured ink. However, in the pantheon of weird letters, this one takes some beating. It arrived this morning in an envelope marked “EDITOR, PROSPECT MAGAZINE.”There were no further clues as to the author’s intent – no hint as to why David might need to know that this was the route to the heart of the Coven of Satan, nor which element of Prospect’s recent editorial output might require us to visit it. Anyway, here it is:
On a first reading, we mistakenly thought the first line was addressed to us: the first line indicated that the letter was meant to be for Prospect, which, in turn, the author thought was the heart in question. But, not so. We quickly realised the letter was a map. Momentary fantasies sprouted: perhaps this letter might be the beginning of a week-long Dan Brown-style adventure for our editor? Sadly, the briefest of Googles suggests not, revealing as it does that the heart of the coven of Satan is, in fact, the regional office of a not terribly ominous looking international vendor of printing, photocopying and other reprographics equipment. I, too, have had my share of bad experiences at the hands of such basic office equipment. But perhaps it wasn’t a printer jam, after all?