I’ve been going to Post Secret weekly for a very long time. It’s sort of a Sunday ritual. Post Secret is a community art project that began in 2004. It involves people mailing their secrets in the form of post cards to Frank Warren. In turn, “the most trusted stranger in America,” curates the mail and shares about 20 of the more interesting or timely ones on the site every Sunday.
Since it’s commencement, the project has grown into a large a community, been featured in a music video, and spawned talks, a traveling exhibit, a short-lived phone app, and several books.
The books are compilations of secrets sent to Warren over the years, loosely sharing a theme. According to Warren, the books contain post cards that have not been posted on the website. To date there are 5 Post Secret books:
– PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives
– My Secret: A PostSecret Book
– The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book
– A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book
– Confessions on Life, Death, & God
Sometimes, people slip their secrets (cards, post-its) into these books while they’re on display at the store.
I’ve collected all 5 over the years. (Purchased at Fully Booked or Powerbooks.) I’ve read them all multiple times, and lent them out to friends. It’s guiltless fun viewing these creations and reading the confessions of complete strangers. There is also an odd comfort in seeing your secret, written out by someone else, on the site or on a page. I suppose it makes you feel less mean, freakish, stupid, or alone.