Nerd Heaven

‘WORDPLAY' & ‘A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION'

Something odd happened in film theaters this summer: National Public Radio went to the movies. Or, at any rate, some of its stars did.

Will Shortz, the crossword-puzzle editor of the New York Times and weekly Puzzlemaster on NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition, is featured in the documentary Wordplay, though Shortz is less the star of the film than its conduit. Through him we enter the world of those bright and amiable nerds (they...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.