A Different Kind of Crime Thriller
Talk about exploring the hidden side of everything. In pursuit of the prize for most beautifully crafted bank heist plan, Manaugh writes:
You describe, in extraordinary detail — down to timetables and distances — how all the banks in your city might someday be robbed. Every issue of The New Yorker, for instance, includes an 800-word essay about breaking into different banks throughout Manhattan, one by one, in every neighborhood. Ideas, plans, possibilities. Scenarios. Time Out London does the same.
It soon becomes a topic of regular conversation at dinner parties; parents lull their kids to sleep describing imaginary bank robberies, tales of theft, and architectural transgression. Buildings are something to be broken into, the parents say. It’s what buildings have inside that’s the goal.
The idea brings us back to the question of what makes us safer: divulging and exploring our vulnerabilities or trying to keep them secret.