The J.J. Abrams' Edited Issue of Wired is Out This Week!
Not only do I finally get to see Star Trek this week, but I'm hoping I get to talk with J.J. Abrams sometime over the weekend. I think he's an absolutely brilliant guy and utterly fascinating to listen to (just watch his talk from TED a few years ago). Our friends at TrekMovie have reminded us that hitting shelves this week is the newest issue of Wired magazine, which was guest edited by J.J. Abrams. Not only did he write an article for it about mysteries and spoilers, but it's packed full of puzzles, games, and other fascinating Abrams' goodies. They've also just put up a photo of the cover of this newest issue and I'm dying to get it.
The box you see on the cover is Abrams' actual "Mystery Box" that he bought from a magic shop when he was a kid and has never opened it since. To him, it represents the mystery in the world, and that's what inspires a lot of his life and his filmmaking choices. Additionally, Abrams wrote an article titled "The Magic of Mystery" in which he talks about mysteries and how they are timeless and wonderful. Apparently his article (since I haven't read it yet) further continues into somewhat of a rant about how mysteries are disappearing these days thanks to spoilers and the information age. Can't wait to read it.
I know this is somewhat of an off-the-wall mention this morning, but I truly love everything Abrams does, and this is no exception. I'll definitely be picking up a copy this week and reading through it. And if there is anything else that is worth mentioning, I might consider throwing it up as well. There's a great quote that TrekMovie published from Abrams' article about how the experience is destroyed when spoilers are leaked. To me in particular, the experience is the most important aspect of moviegoing, and I completely agree with Abrams. Great minds really do think alike, eh? Just kidding, but do pick this up!
Its like a magic trick. Everyone wants to know how the magician does it, but once they do, they don't care anymore. Ten years ago, you really had to research to get spoilers, now its hard to try and avoid them.
Nick Sears on Apr 20, 2009
I got the issue in my mailbox last Saturday. Not only is the issue packed full articles about codes, and mysteries, and secrets... but the whole issue is a big code and secret. Abrams basically tells you in the article, dig into the magazine and try to crack the code. There are random pages with numerical sequences. There are obviously hidden items all through the magazine. I didn't have the time, the energy, or the smarts to crack it myself. I searched the web this weekend to see if anyone had gotten a head start on cracking it, but nothing yet.
Brent on Apr 20, 2009
"I truly love everything Abrams does,.." THAT'S HOW i FEEL.
scar on Apr 20, 2009
Spoilers still happen but I think as online communities come together, I've noticed that at the end of the day, we love the hype but we don't necessarily want to ruin the surprise. This being said...some doofus wrote an article on a site I won't mention and totally ruined Dexter Season 3 for me...
Widescreen Wonderland on Apr 20, 2009
I don't read WIRED but I might have to pick this issue up, sounds really cool and Abrams rarely fails, I loved Cloverfield and can't wait for Star Trek.
The Kid on Apr 20, 2009
I like everything Abrams does, but I refuse to watch any Tom Cruise vehicle. It looks good, though, from the trailers. I absolutely love LOST.
Luis on Apr 20, 2009
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... If J.J. Abrams wanted to make a movie about My Little Pony, I guarantee you I would be there on opening night, and that it would be fantastic.
12916studios on Apr 20, 2009
If you're interested in more about the mystery box, take a look at this great talk Abrams did for the TED conference: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/j_j_abrams_mystery_box.html
Andy on Apr 20, 2009
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