The project that captured a nation's imagination.
Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives
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The instructions were simple, but the results were
"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
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
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.
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