Candid, Powerful Diary Entries Become Public Art in HBO's Celebration of Women's History

And the network's stars turned them into dramatic readings

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Private thoughts scribbled in a diary aren’t necessarily meant to stay that way, and hundreds of women are sharing their intimate stories for an HBO project called The Inspiration Room.

The pop-up exhibit, taking place this week in New York, gathered journal entries from women across the country and built a public space for the writing “to celebrate the power of authentic, unedited voices.”

HBO and agency Wieden + Kennedy New York created a video series that brings some of the diary submissions to life through dramatic readings from the channel’s talent like Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Dominique Fishback (The Deuce), Natalie Gold (Succession) and Poorna Jagannathan (The Night Of).



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