Friday, September 01, 2006

Secrets and Lives

I am fascinated with a project out of Germantown, MD. where people write their deepest secrets on postcards and send them anonymously to artist Frank Warren.

It started out as Warren's temporary community art project. Now it's where thousands go to post their secrets, and where millions go to read them. Secret-tellers send their secrets to his home here in suburban Washington, D.C., on postcards they decorate themselves. Warren reads every one and picks 10 to 20 to post on his blog every Sunday.

They are mini-works of art. Some are heartbreaking, some are hilarious, some are touching or thought-provoking or shocking or silly or repulsive.

Among the most shocking posts was one featured in the Washington Post last year - the secret that the confessor's family thought he/she was dead after 9-11.

Coming up in October, a presentation by Frank Warren, Thursday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m., at George Mason's Fall for the Book Festival at the campus' Concert Hall, Center for the Arts.

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