Photo: Winchester Mystery House (photograph by Jane Lidz, courtesy of Library of Congress)
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When you hear the word "design," what comes to mind? Maybe something tangible like graphics, architecture, fashion, furniture and products. Or the virtual realm -- websites, apps and video games. But according to Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, there’s a less tangible problem that can be solved with "design thinking": your life. They’re authors of Designing Your Life, a book based on a course they teach at Stanford University.
Haunted spaces have become a tourism bonanza, with ghost hunters and thrill-seekers traveling the world to wander through supposedly haunted houses, hotels, prisons and factories. But what are the ingredients of a building that feels spooky, and what do these stories tell us about our own cultural attitudes? Colin Dickey explores all this in his new book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.
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