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Why I Started Writing Crossword Puzzles

But who decides what’s common knowledge?

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Celia Mattison is a writer based in Brooklyn interested in books, the publishing industry, and film. She is the author of Deeper Into Movies, a monthly newsletter that answers why movies make the choices they make. Her work has previously appeared in Vulture, The Audacity, and Literary Hub.