The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1

by hitRECord & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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In the world of tiny narratives like webisodes and Twitter feeds, tiny stories are rarely found in a tangible form.  “The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume I” is the first of a three-book series from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his open collaborative production company, hitRECord.  The site boasts more than 8,500 contributions, 67 of which have made their way to this bitsy book that is likely to be found in boutique shops and perhaps a few stockings.

These brief tales are things like: “The doctor’s wife ate two apples a day, just to be safe. But her husband kept coming home,” alongside wonderful illustrations in a myriad of styles.  They are the kind of things that will make you smirk or smile or even laugh out loud – if only for a brief moment as you turn the page and move onto the next.

What’s most exciting about this endeavor – apart from the fact that the contributing artists actually receive 50% of the profits – is that tiny stories are still being told.  Sometimes they have to fight for space in the ether as eyeballs are inundated with reports on what certain celebrities are eating for lunch or other less interesting fodder, but they are out there.  We just need to reach out and keep asking for more to keep stories alive, and prove that they are more important than the piles of drivel which are much faster to find their way to our computer screens.