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Miscellaneous Thu Sep 30 2010

A Light Read

Today, I got my copy of Adam Levin's highly anticipated debut novel, The Instructions, published by McSweeney's -- all 1,030 pages of it (that includes the coda). I was pretty excited, so, of course, I immediately documented its arrival.

As soon as I opened the box, I saw I got the one with the blue cover. From the top, the book's size is deceiving.

But, wait, what's that? The spine is thicker than my bicep.

The font is size 12, not size 14 or 16 or 18 -- so it is legitimately a long-ass book.

Just for fun, here's one more look at the book from the side.

The behemoth comes out October 22. Levin reads from his book October 21 at Quimby's (1854 W. North Ave.), 7pm, and at Oak Park Public Library (834 Lake St.) October 27, 7-9pm.

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