Ilan Stavans

Watching the World Cup Is Like Being Trapped in a House of Mirrors
July 01, 2014

It's an exercise in baroque self-reflection.

Guillermo Ochoa's Hair, Cristiano Ronaldo's Pecs, and the Russians' Wine-Red Uniforms
June 18, 2014

Sure, the World Cup is about scoring goals and winning, but it's also about style.

The Joys of Streaming the World Cup on Univision
June 16, 2014

The zany pyrotechnics of the Univisión team could easily beat any David Foster Wallace paragraph in stylistic intensity

What If the Most Beautiful Goal of the World Cup Has Already Been Scored?
June 14, 2014

Strikers beware: Robin van Persie's header will be near impossible to match

God Uses the World Cup to Teach People Geography
June 13, 2014

How does God make his choices, at least in fútbol?

Why Has Literature Ignored Soccer?
June 12, 2014

Baseball has inspired great literature in part because it's seen as a kaleidoscope of the American Dream; soccer, not so much.

García Márquez Was More Important for Spanish Literature Than Cervantes
April 18, 2014

If Don Quixote is considered the first modern novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude might be the last.