Publisher: AK Press
Released: October 5, 2021
Fun with a purpose. Crosswords for radicals— and everyone else.
“Black Blocks, White Squares . . . combines wit and fun with political potency. Beautifully designed and carried out, Leonard Williams offers a s eries of puzzles that can both educate and entertain about the systems of domination that abide in an imperialist world.” — Benjamin Tausig, editor, American Values Club Crosswords
Black Blocks, White Squares presents over fifty themed crossword puzzles featuring radical ideas, history, and movements. Ranging from slightly to substantially challenging, they are built around noteworthy quotations, invoke notable thinkers and books, or allude to key words and concepts. They use wordplay or grid art to illustrate important ideas or events, exploring a range of orientations and activities in contemporary political activism.
For decades, historian and political scientist Leonard Williams has created puzzles for major newspapers that both gratify and enlighten puzzlers. His vocation as a professor and his avocation as a puzzler make a perfect cocktail of educational diversion. Each puzzle is constructed according to the prevailing standards of American- style crosswords and has been tested by solvers who did not have extensive knowledge of anarchist ideas. You won’t need a political science degree to solve these, but you’ll probably learn something new. The book includes solutions as well as “Constructor’s Notes” explaining the ideas behind each puzzle. A perfect gift and conversation starter!
Leonard Williams is professor emeritus of political science at Manchester University, Indiana. His crosswords have appeared in such venues as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Andrews McMeel Universal, Fireball Crosswords, and GAMES Magazine.