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Hello, World (Cup)

Nice story by Roger Bennett, of “Men In Blazers”: HELLO, WORLD – Soccer in the U.S. doesn’t need a team in the World Cup. It’s already here to stay:

So even without the Yanks in Russia, America will be watching. Yes, we will be deprived of giddy collective moments such as when Landon Donovan smote Algeria, but take it from me, an Englishman, whose team failed to qualify for two World Cups in my lifetime — in Argentina 1978 and in the United States in 1994 — that won’t ruin it at all. Those tournaments turned out to be the two most enjoyable World Cups of my youth. Being able to watch and savor without the impending failure of my team hanging over the whole thing was like being freed from a sporting Sword of Damocles.

This your permission note, then, to cut work for a month, America. Do what you do better than any nation in the world: Savor the circus. Slink out of your cubicles en masse. Day drink. Watch, revel and inhale the World Cup in its full glory. It is the world’s greatest telenovela, replete with Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, heroes, villains, echoes of wars past, dodgy haircuts and Fortnite goal celebrations. And it will be on televisions across our nation. Even in the rural bars of Maine.

Way ahead of you, Rog, on the cutting work for a month, but just as excited. Let’s go.

Speedy Ortiz, amazing as always 🎵

great set by Anna Burch (do yourself a favor: “Tea-Soaked Letter”)
🎶

Founders Brewing’s Dankwood
⭐️__ __
#saturdaybeer

attn: fellow micro.bloggers – I’m experimenting with another account for soccer-specific (really, for now, World Cup-specific) posts: @VioletCrownSoccer

Karbach’s Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter
⭐️⭐️⭐️
#saturdaybeer (on Sunday)

new Neko Case? yes, please 🎶

903 Brewers’ Bordeaux Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
⭐️⭐️⭐️
#saturdaybeer

Rebecca Solnit: “If someone had pitched [the current situation of the U.S.] for a thriller novel or film a few years ago, they would’ve been laughed out of whatever office their proposal made it to because fiction ought to be plausible”

new podcast to start getting hyped for the World Cup next month: We Came to Win. here’s hoping the rest of the episodes are even half as good as the first one

Stone Brewing’s Totalitarian
⭐️⭐️__
#saturdaybeer

Charly Bliss #slaying

Deep Ellum’s Darkest Hour
⭐️⭐️⭐️
#saturdaybeer

this pre-event email from @austinopera is so great. schedule, parking details (❤️!) including a plan B (❤️!!), timings, tacos (🌮!), pre-show, after-show… bravo!

I suppose there’s hardly a day that goes by lately where this couldn’t be said, but on this I cannot stay silent. Mr. Trump, sir, please shut the hell up before you ruin this for all of us.

just finished Play It as It Lays, by Joan Didion. a short, gripping novel of lost souls living lives of excess in mid-1960s Hollywood. not usually my thing but her style is absolutely masterful (& the audiobook narration was excellent) 📚

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