Backgammon Grab Bag

by Jake Jacobs
10 November 2007

Jake Jacobs

If life imitates art, why can't art imitate backgammon? Or rather, why not art about backgammon?

I have seen paintings by Phil Clark and especially John Demian with backgammon motifs, and backgammon boards turn up in movies occasionally, the actors generally manipulating the equipment in ways unconnected with backgammon as it is played on this planet.

But the world needs more art about backgammon: books and movies and plays and paintings and poetry:

There once was a player from Nantucket
Whose dice cup was made from a bucket.
Said he with a grin
As he dropped the dice in
If my grip is not firm you best duck it!

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