For £194,000 ($294,038), one fan will get a meal with the best-selling writer and 24 hours to read his new book Private Vegas before it explodes.
[T]he fee model comes with systematic costs that are not immediately obvious. Here’s the thing: in order for fees to work, there needs be something worth paying to avoid. That necessitates, at some level, a strategy that can be described as “calculated misery.” Basic service, without fees, must be sufficiently degraded in order to make people want to pay to escape it. And that’s where the suffering begins.