Intentionally Tangible

By now you’ve probably heard of S., the collaborative mystery novel from Lost creator J.J. Abrams and writer Doug Dorst (Alive in Necropolis) — it’s currently the #5 bestselling book on Amazon. Haven’t had much of a chance to get into this yet, but copies are just now finding their way to the libraries, and the request list isn’t too long … yet.
Being a fan of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and Nabokov’s Pale Fire, among other books using the story-within-a-story structure, this one intrigues me: we have an old manuscript, a mysterious author, and two obsessed bibliophiles courting each other through marginalia. Moreover, S. is presented as a library book — and beautifully so, I can vouch for it — with catalog card and ephemera tucked between its pages.
I like what Abrams has to say about the book at the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog:
Abrams: It’s intended to be a celebration of the analog, of the physical object. In this moment of e-mails, and texting, and everything moving into the cloud, in an intangible way, it’s intentionally tangible. We wanted to include things you can actually hold in your hand: postcards, Xeroxes, legal-pad pages, pages from the school newspaper, a map on a napkin.
I can see this one under quite a few Christmas trees this year. But why wait? Read the complete interview with J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst here.

About eplundgren

Adult Services Provider and coordinator of the STL Scribblers group at Central Library in St. Louis, MO.
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