From Harper’s

I’ve been absent, again!  This is because I’m currently a resident of My-Job-Is-Hell Land.  Don’t fight me on this, because I will win.  Though I hope all the children have been following the Saga of Fred and Venera!  In fact, I’ll post the whole thing tomorrow so you can see.  It’s quite exciting.

From Harper’s magazine:



From a list of adventures offered by Ultime Realite, a French business that specializes in creating live-action psychodramas “inspired by your dreams, your nightmares or by a film or book.”  A basic four-hour kidnapping costs $1,226.  Translated from the French by Elena Ciocoiu.


Kidnapped while you leave a restaurant or in the parking lot of your supermarket, then handcuffed and tied up, you will experience the violence and terror of a real kidnapping –– a psychological shock you won’t soon forget.


For two days, experience the craziest hunting of your life.  As prey, you’ll hear the barking of dogs unleashed to chase after you.  You’ll have only your gun, and at night you’ll try to fall asleep scared out of your wits that they might catch you.  Or experience a more elaborate scenario: first kidnap your prey, who will escape, and then manage a team of hunters.


Take the place of a drug trafficker aboard a speedboat.  Your mission will be to transport a cargo by sea.  Or you might participate in the unloading of merchandise from a helicopter on a moonless night, lit by the headlamps of a four-wheel drive, scared because one of our security teams patrolling nearby might catch you!

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