: New: Book Report: Don't Get Too Comfortable

It's essays by David Rakoff. The first few in the collection were so unenthusiastic about everything that I wondered how did this end up on my to-read list? Then I was reminded: this collection includes J.D.V. M.I.A., his report on playing in New York City's Midnight Madness game. He didn't like it. On the one hand, as you read over the report, you can see some things about the hunt that perhaps made it not-so-fun: lots of emphasis on "aha," not much "grind" for each puzzle; so if a team didn't spot the "aha", there probably wasn't much for them to do except sit and stew and feel frustrated. On the other hand, there also seems to be some sour grapes; he turns up his nose at folks who enjoy such activities. Since I enjoy such activities, I just thought "Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man" and was glad to have an excuse to stop reading the collection.

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