Friday, February 22, 2008
A Lifetime of Secrets by Frank Warren
I recommend this book for: high school and adults
If you're not familiar with PostSecret, do yourself a favor and check it out.
Frank Warren began PostSecret as an art project, asking people to make post cards with their secrets written on them on them and mail them to him. This simple project has turned into a phenomenon, with hundreds of postcards pouring in daily, and Warren has exhibited them all over the country. This is the 4th collection of PostSecret cards to be published in book format, and it's wonderful. You can read straight through or browse at your leisure. Arranged by the approximate age of the person with the secret, the cards range from beautifully artistic to scrawled on the back of an envelope, messages of despair, grief, hope, and above all, honesty. Some of the contributers have written because they have no one to tell, or nobody will believe them, and it's amazingly cathartic to read the secrets of strangers. Some of the secrets are a bit dirty (in more than one sense of the word), so recommended for high school and up. This should be of special interest to those who love art and people with secrets of their own - and really, who doesn't?
More PostSecret fun: go to the video for Dirty Little Secret to see some more featured secrets. The Yahoo! music player worked best for me.
Hmm, no real reviews for the book on Amazon, but you can look at the intro and some sample cards and see how you like them!