A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic by Peter Turchi

By Peter Turchi

With his attribute expertise for locating connections among writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new or even extra remarkable territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi attracts out the similarities among writing and puzzle-making and its flip-side, puzzle-solving. As he teases out how secret lies on the center of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic—the production of credible illusion—that writers proportion with the likes of Houdini and grasp magicians. In Turchi’s associative narrative, we find out about the heritage of puzzles, their obsessive caliber, and that Benjamin Franklin used to be a devotee of an historic precursor of sudoku referred to as Magic Squares. employing this wealthy backdrop to the necessities of writing, Turchi unearths as a lot in regards to the human psyche as he does in regards to the literary mind's eye and the inventive process.

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Showed me a folio French book filled with magic squares . . in which, he said, the author had discovered great ingenuity and dexterity in the management of numbers; and, though several other foreigners had distinguished themselves in the same way, he did not recollect that any one Englishman had done anything of the kind remarkable. I said it was perhaps a mark of the good sense of our English mathematicians that they would not spend their time in things that were merely “difficiles nugae” [laborious trifles], incapable of any useful application.

Two have red covers, two have black covers. The writers can’t see the books on their own heads, and the writer in the other room can’t see or be seen by the other three. The writers can’t talk (or pass notes, send texts, use hand signals—you get the point). The deal: if the first writer who speaks can tell the editor the color of the cover on his or her own head, she’ll publish all four of their books. If the first writer who speaks is wrong, she won’t publish any of them. You need to know: the four writers, unlike a lot of writers, are perfectly logical; and they know each other well enough to trust one another to respond logically.

The grid must be further divided into nine three-by-three squares. • Each cell in the grid must be filled with the numbers 1–9. • No number may be repeated in any horizontal line. • No number may be repeated in any vertical line. • No number may be repeated in any three-by-three square. 5 Villanelle—a poem that adheres to the following constraints: • It must have nineteen lines. • The nineteen lines must be further divided into six stanzas. • The first five stanzas must be tercets. • The final stanza must be a quatrain.

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