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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.

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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.

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.


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.

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

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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