Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Tiny Stories

Hollywood star Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gone from starring in big-time movies to putting out short stories.

The actor, best known for his roles in hits 50/50, Inception, and his days as a child star on the television show 3rd Rock from the Sun, has helped to curate and edit a collection of short stories and illustrations submitted to his online production company HitRECord.

j-go-225.jpgThe first volume in the three-book series, called The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, will be released Dec. 6. It's literally tiny -- a mere four inches by six inches -- and contains 60 contributions culled from more than 8,000 online entries. It's an exciting experiment in collaborative art, says Gordon-Levitt.

"The collaboration of Tiny Stories was started in 2010 by an artist named Wirrow, who's this anonymous virtuoso who lives in the U.K.," the actor explained to the L.A. Times in a recent interview.

"He's a brilliant writer and illustrator and animator and musician and he's become one of my favorite living artists. He started this thing called Tiny Stories from something he wrote on a beer coaster at a pub, and now it's become this thing that's published by HarperCollins. He started posting some Tiny Stories he had made on HitRECord and it really caught on. I loved it so much and shined a light on it. I started participating and then thousands of others started writing stories and everyone built on each other's work: they drew pictures inspired by the stories or they edited the stories, or they'll write a story inspired by an illustration. Everyone was sort of remixing each other's work."

Gordon-Levitt said that many of the stories are humorous, with "a real punch line," while others are more whimsical and "invite you to bring meaning to them."


The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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From the publisher:

"HitRECord's collaborative coalition of artists and writers are making history with The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, a collection of innovative crowd-sourced creative projects that pushes the limits of originality, cooperation, imagination, and inspiration. HitRECord, a grassroots creative collective founded by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known worldwide for his performances in (500) Days of Summer and Inception, is a forum where thousands of artists worldwide share work and contribute to their peers' projects in writing, music, videos, illustration, and beyond. Alongside Dean Haspiel's ACT-I-VATE, a groundbreaking comics collective, and the photographer JR's Inside Out Project, hitRECord is a haven for budding creatives. Now, the collective has edited together its most promising stories and illustrations to serve as its face in introducing the world to a new generation of talent, in The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories."

Read more at HarperCollins Canada.

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