Do We Really Care about the World Cup?

The World Cup is finally upon us! And despite being 32 years old, I can barely contain my child-like excitement. I have supported the country of my birth (Germany) since I was 6 when, alas, they faltered to Denmark in the final of Euro '92. But one might sensibly wonder why I’m excited. After all,… Continue reading Do We Really Care about the World Cup?

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Are More Important Goals Better Goals?

In the 64th minute of yesterday's Champions League final, Gareth Bale scored an outrageous bicycle kick to give eventual winners Real Madrid the lead over Liverpool. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JbOoJ_dge4 During the BBC’s Radio 5 Live coverage (at 1:25:33), commentators Mark Lawrenson and Chris Waddle debated whether it was a greater goal than Cristiano Ronaldo’s… Continue reading Are More Important Goals Better Goals?

Guest Post: Imaginative Resistance and the Woody Allen Problem – Kathleen Stock

This post was originally posted at the Thinking About Fiction blog, here. I have a problem. I love mid-period Woody Allen films. In no particular order, I love: the jokes, the affection, the humanity, the characterisation, the depiction of family life, the locations, the performances, the references to other films, books and poetry, the clothes, the music,… Continue reading Guest Post: Imaginative Resistance and the Woody Allen Problem – Kathleen Stock

Saudi Reform and the Assault on Yemen

There's been a flurry of recent news coverage tentatively hailing a possible new era of a liberally reformed Saudi Arabia. The tentativity is appropriate; puff pieces casting various Saudi Royals as the next great reformers have featured in anglophone press outlets for years (David Ignatius, anyone?). The coverage includes a segment on the BBC's flagship… Continue reading Saudi Reform and the Assault on Yemen

Terrorism and Responsibility

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of blaming the recent terrorist attack in Manchester and attacks like it on the U.K.'s foreign policy. The Telegraph ran the headline 'Jeremy Corbyn Suggests Britain's Wars to Blame for Manchester Suicide Bombing'; the normally more sympathetic Independent went with 'Jeremy Corbyn Blames Terrorist Attacks such as… Continue reading Terrorism and Responsibility