From Golden Globe Award–nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his online creative coalition hitRECord, and in collaboration with the artist Wirrow, comes Volume 3 in the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories series.
To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord.org community as RegularJOE, directs thousands of collaborators to tell tiny stories through words and art. With the help of the entire creative collective, he culls, edits, and curates the massive numbers of contributions into a finely tuned collection.
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 3 once again brings together art and voices from around the world to unite and tell stories that defy size.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an American actor whose career as both a child and adult has included television series and theatrical films.
He is known for his roles in the 2009 indie 500 Days of Summer (for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination), a supporting role in the 2010 science fiction film Inception, and for starring in the 2011 drama 50/50. Beginning in commercials as a young child, he made his film debut in 1992's Beethoven. Gordon-Levitt subsequently co-starred in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001) as the young Tommy Solomon.
After a hiatus during which he attended Columbia University, Gordon-Levitt left television for film acting, appearing in films like 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and Manic (2001), followed by critically acclaimed performances in 2004's Mysterious Skin, 2005's Brick, and 2007's The Lookout.
He runs an online collaborative production company called HitRECord. —Wikipedia
Omg! The art, the illustrations and the few lines that represent mental health, anxiety, OCD and the variety of emotions we go through everyday is everything I ask for and I got it from this book in abundance. Loved it so much!
Wow, what a powerful little book! With few words it made a big emotional impact. It's amazing how much someone can say in such a small space. The artwork and stories included were poetic, beautiful, and sometimes whimsical. I found myself bookmarking several of them and wishing I could blow them up as posters for my wall.
Now I have Volumes 1 and 2 on my wishlist and can't wait to read them! In the meantime I'll be exploring the hitRECord.org website.
If you're a fan of projects like Six Word Memoirs, PostSecret, and StoryPeople, I encourage you to give this book a try. This is a quick read, but it's one that will stick with you long after you've finished the book. I know it's a book I'll return to again and again.
Honestly, this series just keeps getting better and better!
It's pretty rare to stumble across a book which is the perfect size (which this just happens to be), full of wonderful stories that make you think, move you beyond words, and make you smile on a train journey. Well, this book ticks all three boxes.
Some of these stories are quirky little sketches (see After a hard day's make-believe, Just a bad hair day and Excuse me) while others are deeply affecting and tug on the heartstrings (see All those words, The giant bent down, I want desperately and The mountain) which are stories that stay with you for a while afterwards. Finally, there are thought-provoking sketches (see It's beautiful, Her father's father, Monuments make and Everything has) which are mini commentaries on society. They change the way we perceive our world, our neighbours, the fleeting people we encounter in the streets.
This is a collection which has to be savoured in order to be fully appreciated, and while it is a thin book and can easily be read in one sitting, the best thing you can do is read a handful of stories a day. This book is a like a journey into some of our fears, our hopes, dreams and wishes and you cannot overindulge in them otherwise the magic quickly wears off.
If you invest in this gem of a book, you will be greatly rewarded, not only because of the tiny stories themselves but because they are accompanied with some beautiful artwork.
All that's left to say is to go find this book, hunt it down if you have to and add it to your collection, your bookcase will love you forever if you do.
As magical as always. I love these. The best part? You can re-read it and still feel touched by the stories/poems - the creativity and feeling in the few sentences persists. Read read read! (Especially if you like poetry)
I’m honestly in love with so many of the poems and the artwork in The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 3, I don’t even know where to begin to describe the depth and acuity with which they hit me straight in my heart.
It’s truly remarkable how insightful, and impactful this tiny book of stories manages to be, even more so given its volume, and I can’t wait to hold my physical copy of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 3 in my hands.
If you have not heard or read these books then now is the perfect time. Each book is filled with many different and original short stories. Hey, you might even see some from your friends. Yes, this collection of stories are compiled from actor, Joseph Gordon Levitt's website, Hitrecord. There people (ordinary people like you and me) can go and share stories or videos, etc. Well what are you doing still here reading, go check out the website.
Since you did decide to stay, I want to thank you for staying to read my thoughts about this book. Reading these stories inspires me to write up a few of my own and upload them on the website so that maybe one day I will see my story in print. The stories are not all cute and cuddly. Some are dark but each one tells a story or makes a statement.
Like for example:
This overwhelming desire to be close to you directly conflicts with my intense fear of people.
From my ship, adrift, I spied you. And I thought you were an island. Alas, you were an iceberg,
"Everything has a beginning even the end" I find some of the stories in this volume clueless for me but the others were really enjoyable and touching. You might not get all of the stories but definitely one of them will speak directly to you. There is a story for everyone because "the universe is not made of atoms, it is made of stories".
Out of all the three volumes, this one was the best for me. All the tiny stories were great! It was refreshing, it was emotional, it was touching, it was stimulating. I'm so glad our editor gave us a copy of this book and I got the chance to read it! I really really loved it!
I just love these tiny books so much! If you haven't read one yet, you are missing out on a lot of fun! I may still like the first volume of Tiny Stories the best, but this one had some real gems. I enjoyed this one more than the second book.
I love that the tiny stories can be interpreted in so many different ways by different readers. Some of the stories really resonate for me personally, and I'm sure that different ones would impact other readers the most. Since they are so short, they can be profound for varying reasons depending on who is reading them. I can even see the stories meaning something different if I went back and read them again.
This little book is perfect stocking stuffer for the person on your list who has everything! The only downfall of the book is that I would like it to be longer with more stories!! It's over way too quick! I will just have to wait patiently for Volume 4!
I love this series, they are teeny tiny books just full of insight into everyday life.
book sent by publisher in exchange for honest review
This is one of my absolute favorite series and the fact that it comes out this time of year makes it almost like a Christmas present to myself (or, just as accurately, Harper Collins' and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Christmas present to me---so thank you!).
I absolutely love these little glimpses into people's lives and personalities. It's like PostSecret (and yes, I know I make that comparison every single time I review one of these).
The little illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Sometimes sweet and funny, sometimes sad but always lovely.
My favorite ones:
"You promised you'd never let go..."
"There were memories in that melody."
"Blessed are they that crumble; from them new worlds are made."
"Everything has a beginning, even the end."
These books are just really good for my soul. It seems like in every volume, I find a few that give me things to think about and several more (see the ones posted above) that just really resonate.
Like its predecessors, this book is perfect. Highly recommended.
"One day, I will unwind the fabric of my brain and make a thread out of my mental life. It will pierce through antique wreckages and live beasts, stagger through quicksands and deserts, nauseate in cancers and starvations, drown in a whale's belly, suffocate in the void of space, grope about the cosmic horizon, stray awhirl and twist as it goes round and round to find its way. It will die a little at times. Then one day, with the knife of forlorn hope still pressed against its woolly jugular, it will find it: one day, my neurons will be neatly aligned in a necklace of stars, swinging from my dripping forehead to the sweet body of the one I love."
"You won't have enough brains left to find him."
"I don't worry. Unrealism may play you out, but the thread of surrealism is endless."
Tiny in size but the creativity contained within this small volume never ceases to amaze me.
The Rest of It:
I’ve had the luxury of reading and reviewing both volumes one and two so when I had the opportunity to review this new volume, how could I refuse?
Once again, hitRECord, founded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt has put together another collection of amazing stories which happen to be only one or two pages long. The beauty of this project is that anyone can join the community and submit their work for a chance to be included in the next volume.
This is a fun book and would make a nice gift. I have all three and they do look great on my shelf. Most are simple black and white line drawings but there are shots of color here and there. I really enjoy them and love that artists everywhere, have the opportunity to be published through this project.
See for yourself. Works of art such as this are best experienced directly, as each individual will take from it what she will. This is a beautiful example of collaboration, and I must hunt down the first two volumes.
dunno.. everything sounds a bit pretentious and not that relatable, only some spoke to me. pretty drawings, though. "she rummaged through her future to find what she was looking for." "she had a great big heart but very little grace, every time she fell in love she landed on her face."