From Square One: A Meditation, with Digressions, on Crosswords ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Dean Olsher

From Square One: A Meditation, with Digressions, on Crosswords

eBookMall Preferred Publisher
Publication date: June 2009
ISBN: 9781439164525
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

Our price:
Join our Facebook sweepstake, share and
get 10 likes. Winners
get notified in 24H!
From Square One is Dean Olsher's captivating and in-depth exploration of the cultural history, psychology, and even metaphysics of crosswords -- their promise of a world without chaos and uncertainty. It is often repeated that more than 50 million Americans do crossword puzzles on a regular basis. Skeptical of that claim, Dean Olsher does his own research and finds that the number is nearly dead-on. Filled with lively, original reporting, From Square One disputes the widely held belief that solving crosswords helps prevent Alzheimer's; in fact, the drive to fill in empty spaces is more likely a mental illness than a cure. While "puzzle addiction" is usually meant as a lighthearted metaphor, the term contains more than a nugget of truth. Olsher looks into the origins and traditions of this popular pastime, which made its debut in a New York newspaper in 1913. Or did it? Along the way, he takes readers inside the making of a crossword. He also revives the quest of musical-theater legend and puzzle constructor Stephen Sondheim to find an American audience for a British crossword style that demands a love of verbal playfulness over knowledge of arcane trivia. Informative, engaging, and often surprising, From Square One is a unique and enjoyable read for puzzlers and nonpuzzlers alike.
Please sign in to review this product.
From Square One ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
336 Kb
Copy From Text:
Enabled and unlimited.
Enabled and unlimited.