We can statistically predict how the system will evolve, how sales peaks can emerge, and we can predict the expected decline slope for books that rise sharply.”
Deformity is not arbitrary, a caprice of nature, a cosmic joke, but rather the consequence of natural forces that [can] be understood.
In an interview with Oliver Burkeman, Leroi argues that we are all mutants.
told the medieval tale of Beowulf, a hero who slays the monster Grendel for ravaging a town and later kills Grendel’s mother when she tries to avenge him. The epic does not explain why Grendel behaves as he does; he is simply portrayed as evil incarnate. . . .
In “a world convulsing under the pressures of globalization,” Morrison said, we must ask the same questions: “Who or what is the monster? Is it them or is it us? Where do we belong?”
The answers could be as stark and medieval as “Beowulf,” she said. “Ours need not be – must not be.”