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  • By Rakhee Mandalia
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Been thinking Little Thoughts" Little Thoughts ( is a gem of a website whose discreet styling suits its quiet popularity, and neatly demonstrates the idea that simplicity, in concept and appearance, is the ultimate sophistication. Visitors to the website are encouraged to 'add a thought'- any thought. The resulting collection of little thoughts (some of which are great thoughts indeed) is quite a varied thing. Little Thoughts offers complete freedom of expression. It turns procrastinators into published authors with just a few clicks of their mice; it offers a sense of release to those seeking an outlet for their thoughts. For those who discover the website with no thought in mind, it gets them to take the time out to stop and think. Like rustling up a last minute gift, the visitor is forced to get creative. 'Thinking' as a pastime is often forgotten as it may not produce any 'useful' material- but with Little Thoughts a daydreamer becomes a... More > productive individual. The Little Thoughts book is a collection of thoughts added (spelling mistakes and all) by visitors to the Little Thoughts website between September 2004 and April 2006, and I consider it a well selected and accurate representation of the thoughts on the website. Some are funny, some heartrending. People are interested in people, and in a collective sense, groups of people are interested in themselves. Reading Little Thoughts, I am moved by the sincerity of the writing, by how willingly people will open their hearts to strangers when they might not to the people closest to them. In adding a thought, they have shared a small part of themselves (like a finger or a toe) with the whole world- who in return, lends a giant welcoming and supportive ear. Some thoughts feel as though they could have been written at any time in history- themes of love, separation, happiness, fear and connection recur frequently- and the font used resembles typewritten text, adding to the undated feel. To some extent, the thoughts in the book have been thought before and will be thought again, and it is easy to identify and empathise with the writers. At the same time, the Little Thoughts idea captures a certain zeitgeist, with references to popular culture as movies and television programmes, and plenty of wit. The simple and sleek cover, and elegant and very accessible layout, encourages you to believe that a flick through this book will be a walk in the park. A park filled with evergreen firs that have been standing for all eternity alongside fragile blossom whose presence will be brief and seasonal. The timeless stands happily with the current and fresh. Flicking idly through the book, you will be challenged, forced to rethink your stance, touched, amused, laugh out loud, agree, disagree vehemently, but most of all, you will smile. If Little Thoughts is a record of who we as 'people' are right now, I'm glad and proud that we are so lovely and interesting. Do buy this book, it will remind you to think and prove that your thoughts are pretty incredible. Also, I would strongly encourage you to visit the Little Thoughts website. Be brave, share a part of yourself, and become part of a community of thinkers that extends to include everyone.< Less
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Product Details

Matt Eason
April 24, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.9 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
9 wide x 7 tall
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