The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 2011 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodreads: HitRECord’s collaborative coalition of artists and writers are making history with The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, a collection of innovative crowd-sourced creative projects that pushes the limits of originality, cooperation, imagination, and inspiration. HitRECord, a grassroots creative collective founded by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known worldwide for his performances in (500) Days of Summer and Inception, is a forum where thousands of artists worldwide share work and contribute to their peers’ projects in writing, music, videos, illustration, and beyond. Alongside Dean Haspiel’s ACT-I-VATE, a groundbreaking comics collective, and the photographer JR’s Inside Out Project, hitRECord is a haven for budding creatives. Now, the collective has edited together its most promising stories and illustrations to serve as its face in introducing the world to a new generation of talent, in The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories.
What it is: It's the smallest book in my library except for, maybe George Shrinks. What it contains is very short stories - sentences or poetry - along with a picture. Each one represents a collaboration by artists, readers, bloggers, etc. Joseph Gordon-Leavitt then culled the cream of the crop and published them. It's not earth shattering but I found myself smiling while I read them. They are clever, witty, thought provoking, and enjoyable. Some of the illustrations had me laughing out loud. Others were a little sad.
Best approached as a book of collaborative poetry unlike anything you've ever seen. And I'll be keeping this one all to myself.