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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.” & #150; A contributor on Postsecret.com
“A fascinating public airing of private thoughts. . . The range of efforts (meticulous, sloppy, artful, ponderous) will astound you.” & #150; TIME.com, "50 Coolest Websites of 2005"
3rd Place, Special Trade-Fine Art under $75 Category, New York Book Show No Source
"Grainy hearts embedded in cracked sidewalks and a tiny heart-shaped discoloration on an autumn leaf might be overlooked 'in the wild': the subtlety of the images points to the value of being receptive to and perceptive of ones environment." - Publishers Weekly
and#8220;A collection of poems that evoke consistent inspiration and lasting resonance.and#8221;
and#8220;Your heart will be stoked.and#8221;
and#8212;Christina Perri, singer/songwriter
"Gregson is clearly a romantic... His words slip past the defenses of even the most bitter, with boarded-up hearts and cynical minds, reminding readers why we love, yearn for connection, and bare our souls."
and#8212;The Hiding Spot
and#8220;Like many people I know, I fell in love with Tyler Knott Gregsonand#8217;s poetry via Instagram. Maybe itand#8217;s the allure of his Typewriter Series (awesome poems and quotes typed on vintage-looking parchment paper) or the fact that he posts just about every day so people always have something to see, but in the end I think itand#8217;s his raw talent for striking the chords of emotion within us that keep us coming backand#8221;
and#8212;The Blonde Vegan
and#8220;His Haikus inspire in their simplicity because it has become rare to find beauty in the mundane. His poems are capturing in their tone and in the way he utilizes his words. His photography is simply breathtaking, to say the least.and#8221;
and#8212;The Society Cynic
and#8220;There are writers and poets who just get it. Then, there are writers and poets who are so on point, you have no choice but to feel like maybe they've been reading your diary. If you're an avid Tumblr user, or just a fan of knowing you're not alone, you might be familiar with the work of Tyler Knott Gregson. Not only is Gregson a well-versed poet (pun intended) but he's also an incredible artist, photographer and has a big heart for charity.and#8221;
and#8220;With over 30,000 Facebook fans and more than 100,000 Tumblr followers, Gregson has definitely hit a nerve with his short-yet-poignant pieces. In an age of goofy Vine videos, memes and Instagram dinner-plate photos, poetry seems an unlikely addition to the community of web shares and posts. Gregsonand#8217;s poetry, though, isnand#8217;t about flashy design or snappy humor. To read the comments on his blog and Facebook pages, itand#8217;s plain to see that his words genuinely resonate with his fans.and#8221;
and#8220;I LOVE THIS! and#160;I follow Tyler Knott Gregson on Twitter and Tumblr. Heand#8217;s amazingly talented!and#8221;
and#8212;Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews
and#8220;His poetry always catches me a bit off-guard and makes me reflect and#8211; which is why I like it so much. If you need a dose of romantic and moving poetry in your life, I highly recommend you follow this guy.and#8221;
and#8220;I read page after page, and I hope you take the time to do the same. That way we all can tell our children, as they reads his words from their textbooks, that we were among the lucky ones who first happened upon Tyler Knott Gregson not long after his tumblr days. This man. Him and his words are remarkable. I would tip my figurative hat to you, sir, but even that seems to small of a gesture to express myself.and#8221;
and#8212;Just Another Silly Dreamer
and#8220;Forget having a guy quote me Shakespeare or Neruda, find me a guy who can quote Gregson. Heand#8217;d have me hook, line, and sinker.and#8221;
and#8212;Belle of the Library
and#8220;Gregson'sand#160;Chasers of the Lightand#160;is a beautiful little book that will make you feel something.and#8221;
and#8212;Pretty In Fiction
and#8220;and#8230;gorgeous from cover to cover.and#8221;
and#8212;Savvy Verse and Wit
and#8220;I would give this book to anyone I'd like to convince to start reading poetry.and#8221;
and#160;and#8220;Beautifully done and a fresh and creative voice in poetry.and#8221;
and#8212;Stories and Sweeties
and#8220;Please read this book, especially if youand#8217;re new to poetry because itand#8217;s a great first introduction.and#8221;
and#8212;I Blog, You Read
and#8220;Gregson writes some of the most beautiful, romantic, and thought-provoking poetry I have ever read.and#8221;
and#8212;Girls Writes Reviews
and#8220;I wanted to kiss the book and place it somewhere, not just toss it into a ready to pass on pile.and#8221;
and#8220;This is hands down, no doubt about it, the most beautifully written piece of work Iand#8217;ve read this year.and#8221;
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."
A gift that opens your eyes, your heart, and your world
In 2009, Eric Telchin noticed a heart in a pool of melted ice cream, and hearts have followed him ever since. He launched boyseeshearts.com as a forum to share his "found" hearts, and an Internet phenomenon was born.
This enticing book pairs Eric's photography with short, poignant text to create the ultimate gift for anyone looking to lend, mend, or charm a heart. The simple message of being open to seeing hearts and finding love is one that will resonate with readers of all ages. Anyone can see hearts; it's just a matter of remembering to look for them.
The epic made simple. The miracle in the mundane.
One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything.
He fell in love.
Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of workand#151;poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.
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.
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
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.