Anger management

Below is a story I wrote for Profile. Also, in the issue, there’s a fairytale version of a version of this. Check it out*.

According to legend, Icarus didn’t listen to his father and flew too close to the sun, melting his wings. Angry Birds are ready to take their chances to become legendary. Then again, they aim for the moon.

Peter Vesterbacka has been called the most connected man in Finland, which, at face value, might not seem like much. Finland is, after all, a country with just a little over five million people. Vesterbacka’s rolodex, however, is not limited to just Finnish-sounding names.


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“Agoraphobia is a condition where the sufferer becomes anxious in environments that are unfamiliar or where he or she perceives that they have little control. Triggers for this anxiety may include open spaces, crowds (social anxiety), or traveling (even short distances). Agoraphobia is often, but not always, compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public.”

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Comic stuff

If you like comics, you may want to read a piece I wrote for Inspire a couple of months ago.

It’s safe to say that this one comic book has shaped the Finnish language, even the national psyche, for decades, to the point where Finns consider themselves to be Donald, the duck with no luck at all.

Full story here (as a pdf), or here in a fine Web magazine. It’s not all Finland, in case you’re wondering.

Kääk! as he says in Finnish.