Atlas and Alice - Issue 7

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Atlas & Alice | Issue 7, Summer/Fall 2016

built on confidence was none of our business. Plus, he talked the best babble, and murmured a lot. At certain volumes certain words sound alike, like “surge” and “fall” and “brook no.” Remember those puzzles with the slippery bubble in the linear grooves? What a regulatory failure. It all came out later. (“Is your life mercury free?” got a no from the authorities.) See, nothing’s risk free. He gave us a whisper, and winked at us, I think, or maybe his eye needed moisture. “Are you managing your risks?” “Are you sure about this?” “There is no way to know what a crisis is.”