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PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives Hardcover – November 29, 2005
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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“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)
About the Author
Frank Warren started PostSecret as a community art project where he invited total strangers to anonymously mail in their secrets on a homemade postcard. This simple act sparked a global phenomenon. Frank has received over 1 million secrets in his mailbox with more arriving every day but Sunday. PostSecret.com has won seven Webby Awards and is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. The postcards have been curated for five New York Times bestselling books and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the American Visionary Art Museum. Frank has traveled the world sharing secrets and stories from Australia to the White house. There is a PostSecret album, a PostSecret TED Talk and a PostSecret Play on tour. In 2011 Frank was awarded the ‘HopeLine Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his work on suicide prevention and was invited to the White House to work on issues of mental wellness. Frank lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.
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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.
Frank Warren started a project where he handed out blank post cards with the edict to write a secret "Reveal anything -- as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative" what he never expected was the amazing responses he would receive.
These postcards are in turns amazing works of art, brilliant snapshots of life, betrayals, funny antidotes and stirring reminders of life's dark places. You will find your self moved and see your self in many of these postcards. Most of all you have a backstage pass into someone's mind and it will leave you wondering if you actually know who that person is.