Carlo Rotella: Barbershop 6/9
"Barbershops, like boxing gyms and libraries and the corridors of the State House and certain bars, are good places for that kind of time travel."
Steven Stark: Soccer in America 6/9
"Playing soccer is like writing a novel; playing our other sports is more akin to Twittering"
Kerry Healey: Turkmenistan 6/8
"While Turkmen women seem more liberated than those in neighboring Iran or Afghanistan, brides are nonetheless forbidden to speak to their husbands or in-laws for forty days after marriage."
Steven Stark: Location, Location, Location 6/8
"The more interesting issue is whether countries with a history of racism among their soccer fans may play less well..."
Kara Miller: More Could be Less 6/7
"Though it’s fine for big names like George Will, David Brooks, and Tom Friedman to dominate the landscape, it would be a shame if they stood alone."
Steven Stark: The Whole World is Watching 6/7
"Though it may seem odd—especially to Americans—the World Cup is the planet’s most unifying event."
On a redeye flight from the west coast, Carlo Rotella witnesses the decadece of Vegas, the power of a sleeping pill, and the tough decisions that grown-ups sometimes have to make.
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