Book Review | Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

Photo courtesy of HitRecord.org

This collection of, well, tiny stories was organized by members of HitRecord.org, a creative and collaborative online community pioneered by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “The guy from ‘3rd Rock from the Sun?'” you ask. Yup that’s the one. Though he’s had some notable appearances on screens big and small since those days, most recently in the feature film “50/50” with Seth Rogen. 

But back to the book…

In addition to Gordon-Levitt, this collaborative project is also lead by the anonymous wirrow, who remains in the dark even at HitRecord live events.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt reading The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

Gordon-Levitt reading | Photo courtesy of HitRecord.org

The book itself consists of 30 stories collected from thousands of submissions to the organization’s site. As a would-be author, I have to say, the concept behind this collaborative community, and the work they are producing, is really pretty extraordinary. And call me crazy, but there’s something about the mystery and anonymity of this wirrow that I find intriguing.

If you’re curious as to how this collection was pulled off, check out the submissions call video from Gordon-Levitt who goes by the handle “RegularJoe,” yeah — you’re not fooling anybody guy, we know you’re talented. Still, to his credit, Gordon-Levitt shares his experience and connections with the community, yet another reason to admire the man.

Tiny Book of Short Stories | Joseph Illustration

Photo courtesy of HitRecord.org and Harper Collins Publishers

I’m not sure which part I preferred more, the illustrations, or the brief, often eloquent, sometimes clever and frequently humorous stories. And while the book may be somewhat spartan in terms of text (I prefer volumes of the long-winded variety, but you probably guessed that by now), I have to admit, it was fun to read and would make for a perfect gift.

For the wordsmiths and the illustrators out there, I encourage you to join in on the next volume via HitRecord.org.

Sarah Aylward received a copy of this book for review from Harper Collins, publisher of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review | Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

  1. mikereverb says:

    Awesome. I didn’t pay much attention to Gordon-Levitt until Inception (Angels In The Outfield was the last time I saw him before that).

    This book sounds intriguing. Like you, I find community collaborations like this extraordinary. Well, the concept at least since I haven’t read the book, but hopefully that will change soon. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing.

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