“I wonder if being a sad loner gives you more raw materials to form song ideas. Is that where creativity comes from? From sad biz?”
— Finn the Human, Adventure Time
“How can I help you?”“I bought these shoes from the website, but I think they’re one size too big. I was wondering if I could exchange them for smaller ones.”“Sure, no problem.”“I’m not going to lie—it’s kind of emasculating having to go one size smaller.”She giggles and looks at the shoes. “Okay, I’ll go ahead and look for an eight-and-a-half.”“Umm. Better just get an eight.”“Oh,” she says, with a smartass smile.“I swear I’m usually a nine.”“And I swear I believe you.”
AVE: That actually raises kind of a PostSecret etiquette issue. What should you do when you think a friend submitted a PostSecret that was posted on the Web site; for instance, you recognize their handwriting? Do you respect the anonymity and not say anything, or do you think it's okay to approach the friend?
FW: I would recommend making the choice that makes your life more interesting. And sometimes I get emails from people who would like to know where the postmark is on the card so that it's more meaningful to them than on the Web, and that's what I recommend to them. I say I can't reveal the location of the card, but please believe it came from the place that makes your life more interesting.
|Frank Warren, the remarkably kind and insightful founder of PostSecret.|
(Photo: Mark Schierbecker/Wikimedia Commons)
AVE: Many fans of PostSecret say that the project has helped them feel less alone. Do you think that we're more isolated and more alone nowadays?
FW: Yeah, I think that's one of the paradoxes of modern life - that there's never been a greater number of people on the planet, yet at the same time, there's never been a greater sense of loneliness.