Have you picked up the May issue of Wired magazine yet? You should, as guest-editor J.J. Abrams (“Alias,” “Lost,” “Fringe” and the upcoming Star Trek movie) has created a whole new experience in print. In addition to a puzzle buried inside, Abrams wrote an article on the magic of mystery – an article that talks about the immediacy of this Age and the ever-present spoiler. Here’s a clip:
People often ask me how Lost is going to end. I usually tell them to ask Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who run that series. But I always wonder, do they really want to know? And what if I did tell them? They might have an aha moment, but without context. Especially since the final episode is a year away. That is to say, the experiencethe setup for a joke’s punch line, the buildup to a magic trick’s big flourishis as much of a thrill as the result. There’s discovery to be made and wonder to be had on the journey that not only enrich the ending but in many ways define it.