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To Appreciate Novels, Read Them Like a Professor. Really?

FOR a book with the subtitle, “A Jaunty Exploration of the World’s Favorite Literary Form,” How to Read Novels Like a Professor lives up to its promise, but it does it too earnestly for its own good.  562 more words

Literary Reflections


Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia—and Even Iraq—Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport… 2,234 more words


The Blizzard: Issue Five

Jonathan Wilson (editor), 2012

This issue of The Blizzard was a little bit less exciting than the ones before. A big topic of Issue Five was the world cup bidding process which lead to the decisions for Russia and Qatar but they miss to lift the fog around that topic. 818 more words


Oscar Pistorius. Afrikaner vrot banana

That great white myth – the Afrikaner masculine identity.

[For Jacques Pauw.]

“Pistorius was born without fibula bones into this obsessive and well-resourced sporting culture. 360 more words


by Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski

Reviewed by Ryan

I am as passionate a fan of soccer (I am American, so I can say that. Shut up.) as anyone I know. 182 more words


One hundred books to read. #43: Soccernomics

Football is the world’s most popular sport, and means big business.  Actions on and off the pitch are heavily scrutinised – so it makes sense that every aspect of the beautiful game would be analysed, from players to coaches to fans. 715 more words

One Hundred Books To Read

An ode to the beautiful game

They don’t call it the beautiful game for nothing. The FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday night when Brazil hosts Croatia, is, by all accounts, the most global of events. 1,037 more words

South Africa