A Book That Reminds Me Why I Love Books

Little Joni

Recently, I purchased the book S., created by J.J. Abrams and written by Doug Dorst.  The concept of the book fascinated me:  it’s about two college students who meet and get to know each other by writing in the margins of novel by a fictional author named V.M. Straka.  When you get the book S., it’s an actual copy of the novel, Ship of Theseus by Straka, complete with the notes written in the margins and other papers, postcards, newspaper clippings, etc, tucked into the pages.

It’s difficult to describe, one of those things you really have to see to understand, but it’s basically two stories intertwined.  One is the story by the fictional author, the other in the story of the college students told in the margins.  The notes, in pencil and various pen colors, are hard to follow because they aren’t in chronological order.  The two…

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