Ilan Stavans

Watching the World Cup Is Like Being Trapped in a House of Mirrors
It's an exercise in baroque self-reflection.
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
There's a reason they call it the Beautiful Game
June 18, 2014

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

The U.S.-Ghana Match Was the Best Worst Game of the Tournament
Years of investment, for what?
June 17, 2014

Years of investment, for what?

The Joys of Streaming the World Cup on Univision
And that's even before the halftime commercials!
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?
Strikers beware: Robin van Persie's header will be near impossible to match.
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.