Scrabble in the Psych Ward

by Jason Jordan

I visited a friend at the hospital today. Her mom was there, too. We played a game of Scrabble during which I spelled “formerly, jig, nut, nutso, up, yum, zap,” and a few other words that totaled 155. Even at nearly 25-years-old, it was only my second time playing, but I won the game. Why is it that Scrabble makes you feel like an idiot no matter how well you do? I don’t know either.


Jason Jordan is a writer from New Albany, Indiana, who always says he's from Louisville, Kentucky, because people actually know where that is. His fiction has appeared in The2ndHand, Pequin, Pindeldyboz, VerbSap, Word Riot, and many other publications. Jordan is also Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine decomP. He is currently in the MFA program at Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is working on his first novel. You can visit him here.