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Rex Sorgatz

Trying really fucking hard to not be part of the problem.

apr 28
2008

Down Buttons

From "The Lives of Elevators" in the New Yorker.

In most elevators, at least in any built or installed since the early nineties, the door-close button doesn't work. It is there mainly to make you think it works. (It does work if, say, a fireman needs to take control. But you need a key, and a fire, to do that.) Once you know this, it can be illuminating to watch people compulsively press the door-close button.

2 comments

I once read a funny little snippet of prose that hypothesized a virus that was spread only amongst Type A personalities by way of the Door Close buttons in elevators. tchk-tchk-tchk-tchk-tchk-tchk-tchk

posted by Eric at 9:02 PM on April 28, 2008

Good stuff, but jesus christ are all New Yorker stories this long?

posted by Chris at 12:04 PM on April 29, 2008




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