Author(s): Frank Warren
Fascinating anonymous confessions that amuse, amaze or alarm.
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 handed out postcards, asking people to write down a secret and post it to him, anonymously. The response was overwhelming. In under a year, Frank had over 10,000 cards which he posted on the website. The confessions were thought-provoking, funny and weird, touching on every aspect of human experience and revealing much about the state of modern life, and catapulting PostSecret to the status of global phenomenon. Superbly illustrated throughout, this book is a great conversation piece, fascinating to flick through and almost unputdownable once you have.
Specially designed "postcard format" for the paperback. POSTSECRET has already sold 150,000 copies in the US, and has remained in Amazon.com's top 100 bestsellers for four months. The Orion trade edition reprinted four times. Wonderfully illustrated throughout, this is a beautifully designed book that is also a real talking point. The website receives 3 million visitors a month. It received 7 million visitors in the first quarter of 2006 (up 30% on the previous quarter). It was voted one of Time's 50 Coolest Websites in 2005. 'Compulsive reading' First. 'Sad, funny and scary' Venue. 'A fascinating public airing of private thoughts ... The range of efforts (meticulous, sloppy, artful, ponderous) will astound you' Time.com. The second book, MY SECRET, was published Orion trade in Autumn 2007; a new POSTSECRET book will be out in trade in Spring 08.
Frank Warren is the founder and curator of the PostSecret project, which he started in November 2004. He has received thousands of postcards, and is now setting up a travelling exhibition of the best cards. He lives in Maryland, USA.