A Photo for Friday

"Puzzling Times"

Puzzling Times
“Puzzling Times”
April 14, 2020
Pike Road, AL
FILED UNDER: Photo for Friday, Photography
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. de stijl says:

    I know this is art, but I have to comment on the content.

    A wise person establishes the perimeter and works the puzzle from there. Sort the edge pieces into a blob. You get into the zone and can view the mass of pieces and pluck the right one out.

    Filling the interior takes time and focus. You need a hook: an edge,a shape,a color.

    That sounds like an overwrought analogy. No. That’s one process.

    Picture puzzles have become way more interesting in my lifetime. Way harder and way more interesting.

    Kelly MacDonald is one of my fave actors. She did a little movie called Puzzle with Irrfan Khan about a savant puzzler in a proscribed mom life in a suburban stay at home mom role who answers an ad and meets up with a master puzzler.

    It is not a great movie, but worth watching. Whenever she plays an American, it is astonishing.

    This is embarrassing, but it took 1.3 views of No Country For Old Men to figure out that was her. In retrospect, it’s obvious, but she was so American and so unshowy about it. I had no idea until it finally snapped on me that that was Kelly freaking MacDonald. From Trainspotting.

    Brave is one of my favorites. I love that movie wholeheartedly. It’s an animated movie pegged towards girls, but she and Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly are fantastic. Not in the target audience, but I love it so.