May 28, 2005

The Site for Secrets

The most interesting thing I've seen in the blogosphere lately is Postsecret, an art project by someone named Frank who invites readers to anonymously send in postcards communicating secrets they have never told anyone before. He posts a bunch of them every week, and the cumulative results are a stunning display of what Freud called "ordinary human misery," with only a tiny number of the secrets offering optimism, and a significant handful revealing the banality of evil (touched on recently in my Danger Boy post). Many of the postcards are cleverly decorated. It is hard not to be moved and troubled by this exhibit.

There's a good discussion of Postsecret in the comments section at this Althouse post where I first learned about the project.

UPDATE: Apologies for the broken links. They're now fixed.