Η απίστευτη ιστορία της δολοφονίας 77 ανθρώπων σε μια μέρα από ένα παρανοϊκό κτήνος.
When the sun went down, Håkon was in a boat not far from shore. Divers were in the lake, searching the depths for bodies that might have been drowned, and Håkon was providing security. It was very quiet. Håkon could hear waves licking at the sides of the boat, and then, from the island, he could hear something else: a chorus of chirping and buzzing and snippets of pop songs. In the darkness, he saw tiny lights flickering on, then off, then on again, like fireflies. There were hundreds of them, scattered along the Lovers’ Trail and on the lawn below the cafeteria and in the tent field and where the bodies lay. Mobile phones lighting and ringing and nobody answering.
Το μυστήριο μιας περίεργης πάθησης που προκαλεί ακατάσχετη όρεξη για ύπνο. Θα ταυτιστείς.
Με αφορμή ένα μαζικό τσαλαπάτημα που οδήγησε στο θάνατο ενός ανθρώπου κατά τη διάρκεια εκπτώσεων σε αμερικανικό πολυκατάστημα, μια μελέτη για τη δυναμική του πλήθους -και πώς αυτή μπορεί να ελεγχθεί.
With ants, as with human crowds, you see emergent behavior. By using a simple set of local interactions, ants form complex patterns. The difference is that we are selfish individuals, whereas ants are profoundly social creatures. We want to reduce our travel time, even when it is at the expense of others, whereas ants work for the whole colony. In this respect, we are at our most primitive in crowds. We have never evolved a collective intelligence to function in large crowds—we have no way of getting beyond the purely local rules of interaction, as ants can.
It’s all so goddamn interesting. It really is. I love knowing why I was able to sell out in one town, and why I wasn’t in another town. I love knowing what goes into everything—the economics, the technical aspect, and how to create the ideas in the show. It’s great. If you can have access to all of that, why the fuck would you not want to know? I just love learning. I think learning is how you live. The verb of my life is learning.
Η συγγραφέας Αν Πάτσετ άνοιξε ένα βιβλιοπωλείο στην πόλη Νάσβιλ του Τενεσί. Σήμερα, στην εποχή μας. Εξιστορεί το πώς και το γιατί απολαυστικά.
I was starting to understand the role that the interviews would play in that success. In my 30s, I had paid my rent by writing for fashion magazines. I found Elle to be the most baffling, because its editors insisted on identifying trends. Since most fashion magazines “closed” (industry jargon for the point at which the pages are shipped to the printing plant) three months before they hit newsstands, the identification of trends, especially from Nashville, required an act of near-clairvoyance. Finally, I realized what everyone in fashion already knew: a trend is whatever you call a trend. This spring in Paris, fashionistas will wear fishbowls on their heads. In my hotel room in Australia, this insight came back to me more as a vision than a memory. “The small independent bookstore is coming back,” I told reporters in Bangladesh and Berlin. “It’s part of a trend.”