In this corner: Andrew Bleeker, youngish, bespectacled Stranger
intern who almost won the last Seattle Spelling Bee. In that corner: his nemesis, Randy Hilfman, a middle-aged Eddie Bauer copyeditor
and bee champion whose orthographical prowess suggests a dark deal with the devil. In the crowd: you, drinking, tense; the suspense is killing
. In the shadows: me, lurking, waiting for an opportunity to slip Randy a roofie. (Re-bar
, 1114 Howell St
. 8 pm
, $5, 21+.