Read Tom Waits’s Handwritten Pep Talk to a 15-Year-Old Fan

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It’s always heartwarming to see our heroes treat their fans well — especially those, like Tom Waits and Iggy Pop, who have a reputation for being cantankerous. So it put a smile on our faces this stormy Friday to see Letters of Note post this response from Waits to a 15-year-old fan named Colin. The letter kicks off with a joke about Colin’s address (Palestine, IL) before moving on to some truly inspirational words: “Colin go out there and take the world by the tail, pull it down, wrap it around and put it in your pocket.” Waits also enclosed an adorable photo of himself serenading a little girl. See the handwritten letter and picture after the jump and click over to Letters of Note for the transcript.