Wednesday, November 15, 2006

PostSecrets Prescott

I entered our new-fangled, up-to-date library this evening to attend a meeting. Not enough time to take pictures for a proper blog posting. However, one of the first items to greet my eyes is directly above; I just had to get out the trusty Sony CyberShot. A student at Prescott College has this idea for a paper, taking off from that fabulously successful PostSecrets blog, which has been turned into a fabulously successful book, currently #146 at Amazon.

According to Wikipedia: "Since Frank Warren created the site on January 1, 2005, PostSecret has collected and displayed upwards of 75,000 original pieces of art from people across the United States and some parts of the world (international readers have also been known to send in postcards). The idea of the project is simple: completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they have never before revealed. There is no restriction on what the content of the secret must be, only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before. Entries range from admissions of sexual misconduct and criminal activity to confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, and hopes and dreams."

The Prescott College student is asking for "confessions ... thoughts ... ideas ... truths." Wonder what he will find out about us. Wonder if there's a book in the offing -- or whether the idea has run its course, as happens so often these days of instant communication, instant publishing, instant everything.

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