Culture

June 30, 2014

Teaching My Six-Year-Old Son About Mexico's Much Older World Cup Curse
Name your poison, we've taken it.
3:28 PM

After the most abrupt shifts of emotions he'd ever experienced, a vexing question: How to explain fate to a six-year-old? 

Stop Conflating World Cup Performance with National Character
Ghana's group stage failure isn't punishment for corruption. Nigeria's (relative) success isn't a salvo against Boko Haram.

Ghana's group stage failure isn't punishment for corruption. Nigeria's (relative) success isn't a salvo against Boko Haram.

Shanghai is One of the Greatest Jewish Cities Ever Constructed
Its current success is a function of that history

It's current success is a function of that history.

Notes on Penalty Kicks and Other Neuroses
I deplore the penalty shootout
2:50 PM

I deplore the penalty shootout.

Ketchup vs. Mayonnaise, and 9 Other Reasons Belgium Doesn't Have a Chance Against the U.S.
The fabulist patriot's guide to the most important sporting event in American history
1:03 PM

The fabulist patriot's guide to the most important sporting event in American history 

Why U.S. Fans Should Hope for Less from Michael Bradley
The midfielder is covering way, way too much ground
11:02 AM

The midfielder is covering way, way too much ground 

Yet Another Reason Why We Should All Stand at Work
12:00 AM

It will help you be more creative.

June 29, 2014

Photos: This Is How Brazilians Reacted When Their Team Won Its Shootout with Chile
Scenes from the FIFA Fanfest in Cuiabá. Matthew Niederhauser's Photo Diary, Day Ten

Scenes from the FIFA Fanfest in Cuiabá. Matthew Niederhauser's Photo Diary, Day Ten.

This Time, the Dutch Did Not Capitulate in Fortaleza
Their battle plan wilted in the heat, but Holland exhales into the quarterfinals
10:31 PM

The Dutch battle plan wilted in the heat, but Holland exhales into the quarterfinals

James Rodriguez Is the Best Player of This World Cup
Even if Colombia loses, he's already done enough
8:29 PM

Even if Colombia loses, he's already proved it

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