It all started when my children coaxed me to download the App, "Words With Friends" on my cellphone. What a neighborly sounding game it was! A few clicks and voilà! -- suddenly it was just as I remembered from my own childhood -- except you could take all day long to formulate one word and nobody minded.
Like all great games, works of genius, love affairs, and near death experiences, there is a defining moment, in Scrabble, that reigns supreme -- one existential, moon howling, Job-in-the-belly-of-the-whale moment that, metaphorically speaking, I imagine was at least partially responsible for Van Gogh cutting off his ear.