New Thing #333: Word Wars


I love Scrabble.

In fact, I became rather obsessed with the game some years back after reading Word Freak, which chronicled the lives of tournament level Scrabble players. 

That’s why I had wanted to see Word Wars, which follows some of the same people documented in that book. Unfortunately, it was rather hard to come by back then and it fell off my radar.

But I fired it up through iTunes today and saw all of the dysfunctional, delusional, megalomaniacal behaviour set out on the page brought to life. And although the documentary is pretty trite and not that well produced they did manage to capture all of those things very well. The end moment even managed to stir up some emotion in me as one of the underdogs rose to the top.

Although I did study all the two and three letter words in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary back in the day my skills have definitely gotten rusty. I’m rather intimidated to play in an actual tournament today. But I’m still pretty good competition in Words With Friends if anyone’s ever interested in a game.



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