The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 on Apple BooksAn equal if not greater case could be made that Anonymous was usually more than one person. While the pendulum of scholarly opinion as to whether there really was a historical individual called Homer who wrote the epics now attributed to that name goes back and forth, there can be little doubt that many of the classics we enjoy were collaborative efforts. The romantic notion of the writer as a lone genius struggling to bring their unique consciousness to light -- James Joyce's A Portrait of the Author As A Young Man being the exemplifying text -- is of course a misleading one. For starters the whole process of an individual's inspiration finding its way to book form in the reader's hand obviously involves a whole chain of people -- eBook revolution or no eBook revolution -- from the publicists to agents. And yet, while no writer is an island, collaborative fiction has been a minor feature of the last couple of hundred years of Western literary history. Science fiction, perhaps more than other genres, has seen fruitful collaborations usually on the part of a duo of authors, or on a "shared world" basis -- nevertheless, the act of literary creation is by and large attributed to an individual.
Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1
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Last year, he released a compilation of those online collaborations in the form of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1. The first volume was so popular that Gordon-Levitt reunited with collaborator wirrow to produce The Tiny Book of Stories: Volume 2 , a brand new collection of moving and funny! Gordon-Levitt took the time to talk to EW about this new volume, building a happy online community, and running around in a cape in the privacy of his home. The difference between Volume 1 and Volume 2 is pretty great. That just makes me feel good. More and more great artists are contributing stuff.
Volume 1 was released last December. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories derives from acts of the internet, online interaction, artistic encounters with total strangers. Usually, a physical book would have seemed like the standard starting point for a curated collection of words and pictures. Here the book is the ends and the internet is the means; the book is a static finish instead of a dynamic narrative; the book is a medium meant more for prestige -- the work of 62 artists were chosen from a hefty 14, submissions on the site for Volume 2 -- and celebration than anything else. Celebration of what? Of the sheer act of creating something? If anything, Tiny Stories celebrates exquisite ordinariness: normal thoughts expressed in unusual ways, or outlandish thoughts expressed in normal ways.