PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (英語) ハードカバー – 2005/12/1
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New York Times Bestseller
The project that captured a nation's imagination.
The instructions were simple, but the results were extraordinary.
You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything -- as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative.
It all began with an idea Frank Warren had for a community art project. He began handing out postcards to strangers and leaving them in public places -- asking people to write down a secret they had never told anyone and mail it to him, anonymously.
The response was overwhelming. The secrets were both provocative and profound, and the cards themselves were works of art -- carefully and creatively constructed by hand. Addictively compelling, the cards reveal our deepest fears, desires, regrets, and obsessions. Frank calls them "graphic haiku," beautiful, elegant, and small in structure but powerfully emotional.
As Frank began posting the cards on his website, PostSecret took on a life of its own, becoming much more than a simple art project. It has grown into a global phenomenon, exposing our individual aspirations, fantasies, and frailties -- our common humanity.
Every day dozens of postcards still make their way to Frank, with postmarks from around the world, touching on every aspect of human experience. This extraordinary collection brings together the most powerful, personal, and beautifully intimate secrets Frank Warren has received -- and brilliantly illuminates that human emotions can be unique and universal at the same time.
“Humanity at its finest . . . And because of it I am falling in love with the world again.” (– A contributor on Postsecret.com)
“A fascinating public airing of private thoughts. . . The range of efforts (meticulous, sloppy, artful, ponderous) will astound you.” (– TIME.com, "50 Coolest Websites of 2005")
3rd Place, Special Trade-Fine Art under $75 Category, New York Book Show (No Source)
I love this book.
This collection of post cards of "secrets" sent to the author is more than just a coffee table book. It is a testament to the universality of human emotions and the human experience---fears, guilt, regret, and loneliness especially. Oftentimes as I read, thought, "I've felt just this way!" Some of the secrets are profound and some are trivial , but all are secrets that one can relate to and have compassion for.
It is not a depressing, but an uplifting book, in that seeing how we are all the same somehow paradoxically makes us feel less alone. It is a very honest book. And it is a beautiful book, too, because the post cards are made creatively to express the feelings the post card writer wants to convey.
It is a great book to pick up and read in one sitting (as I did in a couple of hours) or just to browse a couple here and there when you have a few moments. It is also a great book for those of us who are introspective and enjoy exploring our "shadow side".
Kudos to Frank Warren, the author, for thinking of such a creative idea that can benefit so many people. It is still worth buying the book, though, in my opinion, because of the overall impact of the book when read in one sitting, and because a hardcopy is so much easier to share with others.
It is impossible to quote the postcards without making the book justice, because many of the items submitted are incredible visual works, yet these three postcards may help you understand the type of material this book is about:
-"Once I was asked by a doctor if I was hearing voices. The voices inside my head shouted: TELL HIM NO!"
-"I trashed my parent's house to look like I had a party while they were out of town... so my mom would think I had friends."
-"I give decaf to customers who are RUDE to me!" (written on a Starbuck's cup).
I highly recommend both the book and the web site. They both are commendable for the work they do to help people in distress to beging to get mental loads off their shoulders.