PostSecret is a site publishing hand-made postcards containing a deep personal secret of the anonymous creator.
As I've noticed before, with the Group Hug website, the things most people are afraid to tell others are pretty banal, not big things. Generic confessions: "I'm in love with X", "I am secretly turned on by other women", "I find porn arousing," etc.
And of course, every now and then, there are the really sad ones:
"I was gangraped in college. I turned into a slut almost immediately afterwards."
"I started shooting heroin again."
"I haven't spoken to my dad in 10 years, and it kills me every day.
And the weird ones:
"I believe that my dead grandmother watches me with great disappointment every time I masturbate.
But I seem to find the small, quiet ones to be the most profoundly disturbing:
"I love one of my children."
"I talked someone into suicide."
Mostly, I guess I'm interested in the cathartic and communal nature of this artwork (and this is also why I like Group Hug - the idea being that people see that their secrets aren't that special, after all), though I suspect that the aesthetization that goes into the postcard design might in some way contaminate that effect. Glorifying, indulging in guilt. Any thoughts on this out there?
Also: I found this site while I was looking for a site which holds letters to be read after the death of the author, and which are online as though they were. I have forgotten what it's called. Does anyone out there know what I'm talking about?