Sheltering: Adrienne Raphel Talks Crossword Puzzles and Stephen Sondheim
The Author of Thinking Inside the Box Talks to Maris Kreizman
On this episode of Sheltering, Maris Kreizman speaks with Adrienne Raphel about her new book on crossword puzzles, Thinking Inside the Box. Raphel talks about what Will Shortz is like in person, the myth of crosswords warding off dementia, writing a letter to Stephen Sondheim, and claims that she is only “average” at crosswords. Please buy Thinking Inside the Box from your favorite local bookstore or through Bookshop.
From the episode:
Adrienne Raphel: One of the most treasured moments of research I did for this book was writing a letter to Stephen Sondheim, totally on a whim. And then got a letter back from him! It’s truly my most prized object, this little letter that just says: “Yes I did introduce cryptics to America, thank you for recognizing that.”