From: Andrew Motion; To: Carol Ann Duffy
The appointment of a poet laureate isn't generally synonymous with great fun, but this morning's naming of Carol Ann Duffy to the post in the U.K. turns out to be, somehow.
Of all the charming details -- for example: she's donating her 5,750-pound annual stipend to the Poetry Society to fund a poetry prize, but she'd like the traditional "butt of sack" (600 bottles of sherry) up front, please -- my favorite is this, as reported by The Guardian: Incumbent laureate Andrew Motion "wished her luck in an email exchange earlier this morning."
He wished her luck in an e-mail exchange. Of course he did. Print that out and rush it to the archives!