I've always thought the zones in Roadside Picnic might be taken to represent the surreal perils of dealing with Soviet-style bureaucracy. The dead returning from the zones seems to suggest returnees from the Gulags. And mutated children seems also to suggest effects of contact with bizarre ideology. At any rate I… » 9/25/14 10:43am 9/25/14 10:43am

There's a subtle distinction between Einstellung, persistence of a known method in situations to which it doesn't apply or in which better methods are available, and what psychologists call satisficing, which is settling for a sub-optimal but acceptable solution. » 9/10/14 8:38am 9/10/14 8:38am