Friends, word-wranglers, trash-talking letter-tray fiends, lend me your virtual ears. I come to praise a new and powerful spokesman for our tribe of Words With Friends addicts: actor Alec Baldwin.
You may already have seen the news that Baldwin was booted off an American Airlines flight at LAX because, according to his tweets, he refused to stop playing Words With Friends while the plane waited an interminable age at the gate.
I’m not trying to defend Baldwin’s celebrity-fueled level of outrage — which, according to a statement posted to American Airlines’ Facebook page, included retreating to play in the toilet and slamming the door behind him. Nor do I want to get into the debate over whether federal regulations should allow us to use our electronic devices in a parked vehicle.
No, for those of us addicted to the same game, something else is happening here: a quiet nod of understanding.
Yes, we’ve been there — in some situation where that gentle trill, the unmistakable and t...