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Postsecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Livesby Frank Warren
In the movie, In the Mood for Love, Tony Leung whispers his most secret thoughts into a hole in the ruined temple of Angkor Wat. In Bethlehem, pilgrims write out their prayers and wishes and stuff them into tiny cracks between the bricks at the Western wall. With Frank Warren's PostSecret, everyday folks anonymously send postcards of their most intimate stories, truths, and lies to be published for all to see. Each card is a unique piece of art hand-crafted by the nameless confessor. Intriguing and creative. I love it.
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A fascinating, addictively compelling look at people's deepest secrets, told through anonymously submitted postcards. Frank Warren is the founder and curator of the Postsecret project. For the project, which was started in October 2004, Warren asked people to write a secret they had never told anyone on a handmade postcard and mail it to him. He then displayed selected cards, the authors are anonymous on his website, www.postsecret.com. The response was overwhelming, and the cards are astonishing in their honesty and creativity. Each card bears an intimate, powerful, or even chilling sentiment, told through handmade illustrations, photographs, collages, and other creative means. Among the thousands of amazing cards Warren received are the following messages: "Sometimes when I'm having sex with my wife I'm thinking of my mom..."I waste office supplies because I hate my boss." "I am a Southern Baptist pastor's wife. No one knows that I do not believe in God."
and#160;Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to and#147;map their Manhattanand#8221; and to mail the personalized maps back to her. Soon, her P.O. box was filled with a cartography of intimate narratives: past loves, lost homes, childhood memories, comical moments, and surprising confessions. A beautifully illustrated, PostSecret-style tribute to New York, Mapping Manhattan includes 75 maps from both anonymous mapmakers and notable New Yorkers, including Man on Wire aerialist Philippe Petit, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, Tony award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein, and many more.
Praise for Mapping Manhattan:
and#147;What an intriguing project.and#8221;and#151;The New York Times
and#147;A tender cartographic love letter to this timeless city of multiple dimensions, parallel realities, and perpendicular views.and#8221; and#151;Brain Pickings
and#147;Cooperand#8217;s beautiful project linking the lives of New Yorkers is one that will continue to grow.and#8221; and#151;Publishers Weekly online
When New Yorkandndash;based graphic designers and long-time friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh found themselves single at the same time, they decided to try an experiment. The old adage says that it takes 40 days to change a habitandmdash;could the same be said for love? So they agreed to date each other for 40 days, record their experiences in questionnaires, photographs, videos, texts, and artworks, and post the material on a website they would create for this purpose.
What began as a small experiment between two friends became an Internet sensation, drawing 5 million unique (and obsessed) visitors from around the globe to their site and their story since it was launched in July 2013. 40 Days of Dating: An Experiment is a beautifully designed, expanded look at the experiment and the results, including a great deal of material that never made it onto the site, such as who they were as friends and individuals before the 40 days and who they have become since.
Note: 40 Days of Dating has a special binding that allows it to open very flat by attaching the endpapers to the inside covers.
About the Author
Frank Warren is a small business owner based in Maryland who started postsecret.com as a community art project. Since October 2004, Warren has received thousands of anonymous postcards which have been featured in galleries, the popular music video for the All-American Rejects' "Dirty Little Secret," and, most recently, in the bestselling book PostSecret. Ranked by New York magazine as the third most popular blog on the Internet, Warren's website earned several awards at both the 2006 Bloggy and Webby Awards and continues to attract over 3 million visitors a month. Warren has appeared on Today, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and Fox News, among others. He lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.
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