Above: Expression editor Charna Westervelt with her father circa 1982.
When our world and our lives went into lockdown in March 2020, when we found ourselves needing to stay home to stay safe, I did what any good word nerd–type would do—I finally bought a New York Times Games subscription, so I could play the daily crossword online.
I’ve been mildly obsessed with crosswords and word games ever since I was little. (The birth of the daily Wordle and, let’s be honest, the Quordle, is a dream come true!)
So when I learned that Ross Trudeau, MFA ’22, creates crosswords—and that they’ve appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, among others—I knew I wanted to invite him to make one for Expression and our readers.
His crossword, which appears at the end of this magazine, is smart, quirky, and fun. (And tough!) “I wanted to take care to reflect the Emerson community and its values (as I have come to understand them),” he wrote to me.
In creating this issue of Expression, I hope we’ve done justice to representing the bold and creative people, voices, and ideas that are so very Emerson.
Thanks for reading.
Charna Mamlok Westervelt, Editor
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