Join us for a virtual reading with Adrienne Raphel, author of Thinking Inside the Box, in conversation with Mary Pilon on Friday, June 12th at 6:30 CDT.
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Thinking Inside the Box is a delightful, erudite, and immersive exploration of the crossword puzzle and its fascinating history. Invented practically by accident in 1913, the crossword became a roaring commercial success practically overnight. But why, exactly, are the crossword’s satisfactions so sweet that it is a fixture of breakfast tables, nightstands, and commutes, and has even given rise to competitive crossword tournaments? Blending first-person reporting from the world of crosswords with its rich literary history, Raphel dives into the secrets of this classic pastime. As ingenious as it is fun, Thinking Inside the Box is a love letter not just to the abiding power of the crossword but to the infinite joys and playful possibilities of language itself.
Adrienne Raphel’s essays, poetry, and criticism appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Paris Review Daily, Slate, and other publications. Born in New Jersey and raised in Vermont, Raphel holds a PhD from Harvard and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is currently a Lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program.
Mary Pilon is the author of the bestsellers The Monopolists and The Kevin Show. She is also the co-host, co-author and co-producer of the audio series “TWISTED: The Story of Larry Nassar and the Women Who Took Him Down” and co-editor of the forthcoming essay collection Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard. Her work, mostly about sports, business and politics regularly appears in the New Yorker, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York magazine, and Vice, among other outlets. She previously worked as a staff reporter at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. A native Oregonian, she now lives in Brooklyn with her rescue puggle, Pedro. Find her at marypilon.com.