July 13, 2014

Middlemarch Showed Me How to Live
8:00 PM

My junior year at Brown, I was so unhappy that I dropped out. In Arizona, I met a man. And I read Middlemarch.

Geoff Dyer on The World Cup's Defining Foul
8:00 PM

The combination of cynicism, cheating, and deceit that marked Luis Suarez as the vilest great footballer in the history of the game.

July 12, 2014

England Have Won Wars Against Argentina and Germany. Football Matches, Not So Much.

Deciding who to root for in the World Cup final is not so easy if you're English

If Hamlet Gave Argentina’s Pre-World Cup Final Speech
12:49 PM

Alejandro Sabella channels the Prince of Denmark

July 11, 2014

Remember the Greek Enlightenment?
8:00 PM

Neither does Greece, to judge by its government.

What the World Cup Looks Like to a Refugee Child

"Germany are playing with a lot of self-confidence." Sounds right to us.

LeBron James Stole a Page Out of Louis CK's Playbook by Returning to Cleveland
5:36 PM

The only way for LeBron to really cash in was to change the way the world saw him.

Taylor Swift May Be Right About the Death of the Autograph
5:17 PM

And serious autograph collectors are not happy about it.

Is This the Political Photo of the Year?

At the very least, it's the most provocative image uploaded to the White House Flickr feed in 2014.