The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Another day, another post, another intern. Today’s intern is Andrea – a third year Graphic Design student at the University of Johannesburg. She loves the beautiful and vibrant city of Johannesburg, (lots of) Fairtrade coffee, and the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is a trilogy collection of poetic short stories, no more than a few lines long. Each haiku-like tale is paired with a thoughtful, hand-drawn illustration. It is compiled by owner and founder of the online collaborative production company hitRECordJoseph Gordon-Levitt and, one of their curators, the ever-illusive Wirrow. hitRECord is self-described as “an open collaborative production company”. Writers, musicians, filmmakers, video editors, animators, illustrators, photographers, and Photo-shoppers all work together and the profits are split 50/50 between the company and the contributing artists.


These books are pure joy. They bring together art and voices from around the world to unite and tell stories that defy size. Some stories will make you chuckle. Some will break your heart, just a little. Others simply remind you to stop and smell the roses. But don’t just take my word for it. Let these extracts speak for themselves.

Volume 1

The first of the Tiny Stories, published in 2010, contains contributions of over 8,600 submissions from 67 writers and artists.

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Volume 2

Published in November 2012, Volume 2 features 62 contributors from some 14,946 contributions.

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Volume 3

Volume 3 was published on November 5, 2013, featuring 82 contributors from 35,905 contributions.

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Filled with wonder, nonsense, and tiny stories, these books are a delight to page through and treasure. As Dr Seuss states: “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities”.

Published by Ross

Ross grew up on the wrong side of the Jukskei. He studied at Vega and was awarded the Top Student prize at his graduation. After working as a freelancer for four years, he founded Nicework with Ben Vorster. He has a penchant for Scandinavian wood furniture and really nice shirts. He is open to bribery- all iPads are welcome. He also likes chocolate cake and is happily married.

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