The Underground Library

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The Underground Library is a mysterious project that I eagerly backed. Promising entry to a secret book club, the Library felt a bit like Pynchon’s W.A.S.T.E., the secret organization behind The Crying of Lot 49. The people behind the project also remained largely hidden (though they will email you happily if you reach out), and so the overall effect was one of intense intrigue.

For $20 I was offered membership in the organization, invites to parties/events, and one heirloom book. I didn’t really know what they meant by heirloom book until last night, when my reward arrived. It even came with instructions (click to enlarge):

In the inside cover there’s more (click to enlarge):

There’s a library card with my deadline to read the story. I have until this Sunday, when I have to pass it off to someone else. The book isn’t long though, so I’m not concerned.

My name inscribed:

The story is a memoir by Michael Myers of the Halloween horror movies. Based on the first ten pages and the excellent illustrations, I’m already finding him a sympathetic character:

The pages themselves are thick and hand cut (or they seem that way) with lots of illustrations:

Like my experience with Amy Wilson’s Tiny Fabric Houses project, I’m really blown away by the quality of my reward. This is exceptional value for just $20. Very impressive.

You can see more pictures of the Underground Library book in this Flickr set as well as our own Flickr pool.

For anyone intrigued by these photos and my experience, good news: the Underground Library has a second project that’s currently being funded. You should totally join.