Saturday, 11 April 2009

Postsecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives - Frank Warren

Absolute beautiful, Postsecret is everything that is great about the internet. What started in 2004 with a few postcards inviting people to contribute a personal secret to a community art project soon grew into an internationally popular website with more than 3 million hits a week. This book is a reproduction of some of those postcards which have made the website such a joy.

Each of them is a work of art and a glimpse into the mind of a stranger. The scope of the secrets range from childhood confession to criminal guilt, and in each of them one can discern a considerable cathartic experience. Open the book at any point and you will find something to make you laugh or think about or even cry. One reads, “I envy the willpower of anorexics.” Another, “Sometimes I put coins in people’s parking meters.” Another, “For the first time since I was a baby I am finally happy. I am 28”

Here is everything it means to be human combined into hundreds of brief, artistic portraits of long held secrets. A very special book indeed. A coffee-table book which will have everyone who opens it engrossed. If you don’t believe me, visit and see for yourself.

7 out of 10

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