Shaj Mathew
Books and Arts Intern

Welcome to Literature’s Duchamp Moment
May 18, 2015

We don’t live like nineteenth-century French novelists anymore, so we should stop writing according to their conventions.

Why Did Borges Hate Soccer?
June 20, 2014

"Soccer is popular because stupidity is popular,” Borges once said.

The Six Stages of England Fan Pessimism
June 14, 2014

Plumbing the psyche (or at least the tweets) of a nation that expects the worst in this (and every) World Cup

Robots Might Be Smart, But They're Terrible at Soccer—and They Flop, Too
June 13, 2014

A report from an awkward, adorable robot-soccer match.

The World Cup Is About to Begin, and FIFA's Reputation Has Never Been Worse
June 09, 2014

John Oliver's 13-minute rant is just the latest in a long string of embarrassments.

Do U.S. Soccer Fans Steal Europe's Customs? Damn Right We Do!
June 06, 2014

A British writer calls American soccer fans “derivative, excessive and utterly ridiculous.” Those same adjectives apply to his essay.