NYUAD Update

The fifth week of classes at NYUAD has begun, and the “Student Weekly Update” that has just arrived in my inbox conveys a sense of the richness of the school’s emerging academic culture. There’s a reminder about the upcoming deadline for...

Soccer Simile

In most of my classes on literature, I teach my students to recognize, analyze, and even make use of figures of speech, literary devices that involve unusual uses of language in order to create deeper meanings. Figures of speech are typically divided into two...

Hamartia at the World Cup

For the second World Cup in a row, Ghana eliminates the USA 2-1. At least this time there was nothing to dispute about Ghana’s second goal. Hamartia is one of the most famous concepts from Aristotle’s Poetics, and it’s translated as “the tragic...

World Cup Bits and Pieces

I’ve been enjoying listening to the partisan commentary on ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup. Former footballers Shaun Bartlett (South Africa), Ruud Gullit (Netherlands), Jürgen Klinsmann, (Germany),  Alexei Lalas (USA), and Steve McManaman (England) offer...

Riveting

My friend Dick complains that he finds it to sustain interest in soccer games because there is so little scoring, but i think that sometimes it’s precisely the lack of scoring that makes soccer “the beautiful game.” Goals like the one that Landon...