Prose writing on general subjects.
A nuanced take on the Sunday #nytxw without having read anyone else’s: One of my favorite things to learn about puzzle construction is how important multiple checks are to the solving process. Crossers, spelling rules, and wordplay idioms augment trivia and world knowledge.
This is the Mitsubishi ductless air conditioner/heater remote control.
To turn it on, press the OFF/ON button. To turn it off, press the OFF/ON button.
To cool the air, press the TOO WARM (aka “down”) button. To warm the air, press the TOO COOL (aka “up”) button.
There are strong economic, inertial, and social forces at play keeping people from acknowledging the importance of social distancing. Clubs, coffee shops, movie/stage theaters are still open because they have to wait for govt order to close… twitter.com/mims/status/12…
Live theater is inextricably wrapped up in FOMO, conspicuous consumption, and artificial scarcity. There’s certainly a frisson, an immediacy to a live performance, but I think it stems in large part from the fleeting nature of it – the scarcity. twitter.com/mogwai_poet/st…
This is a subject I care a lot about, and Hamilton is an educational example of what theater artists intend and how that fits uncomfortably with the realities of the business.