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Peek Inside J.J. Abrams’ Absurdly Beautiful New Project

The secret is out. That mysterious Abrams trailer was for a book, which he conceived and then commissioned from novelist Doug Dorst.

1. The book is actually two (or more) books in one: Ship of Theseus, purportedly written by (fictional) author V.M. Straka, and another story that plays out in handwritten margin notes and ephemera stuffed into that book’s pages.

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2. Every page is crammed with notes from a male graduate student and a female college senior who are using the margins to piece together the mysteries of the tome’s enigmatic author.

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3. The marginalia will be a delight to any book lover who has spent hours combing through the secrets pencilled in books at antique shops or dusty used bookstores.

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4. Then there are the extras — postcards, photos, letters, and photocopies, all meticulously designed to look realistically sloppy.

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5. It is truly impossible to convey what a delight this book is to flip through for a book lover.

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6. Even if you have no idea how you’d actually begin to read the thing.

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7. You couldn’t read it on a Kindle, so this book feels a bit like a love letter to publishing and the tactile joy of holding a fat hardcover.

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8. S. is out today.

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