Ex Libris Kirkland

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Subtitle An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
First Written 2004
Genre Nonfiction
Origin US
Publisher HarperPerennial
ISBN-10 0061978051
ISBN-13 978-0061978050
My Copy paperback
First Read March 08, 2022

How Soccer Explains the World

Weird: This is the second book in a row I've read that has scenes set in Kiev and Lviv, weirdly timed for this current month when Russia-invades-Ukraine is the only thing on the news. The other was a medieval travelogue adventure story, the Long Ships!

Noted on March 8, 2022

A series of globe-trotting essays about soccer. It's less an actual argument about globalization and more the author's project of 'lets get the magazine to pay me to go to soccer games all over the world and write articles.' But fun!

Noted on March 8, 2022

To understand the importance of refereeing requires a brief word on the paradox of Italian soccer. As everyone knows, Italian men are the most foppish representatives of their sex on the planet. They smear on substantial quantities of hair care products and expend considerable mental energies color-coordinating socks with belts. Because of their dandyism, the world has Vespa, Prada, and Renzo Piano. With such theological devotion to aesthetic pleasure, it is truly perplexing that their national style of soccer should be so devoid of this quality.

Quoted on March 8, 2022

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