Self important author; the info is a bit outdated. Lost me completely in the Iran and US chapters (the last two of the book).
a) apparently Islam's hoSelf important author; the info is a bit outdated. Lost me completely in the Iran and US chapters (the last two of the book).
a) apparently Islam's hope (the title of the Iran chapter) is secular nationalism. Whatevs. He also has an extremely shallow understanding of Iranian social movements.
b) according to him, soccer in America = rich white yuppies. A very shallow analysis of anti-globalization arguments leading to why most Americans are neutral (at best) or hate (at worst) the beautiful game. IMO, the reason the US hates soccer is because we suck at it and we suck at it bc we don't have the players for it bc there's no interest in it. Period.
But he does have an interesting class analysis of why upper middle class, educated, cosmopolitan Americans seem to like soccer more than "the masses," but I wish he'd gone more in depth.
All in all, kind of a waste of time, sadly....more
Mythology: no fangs; venomous feel-good-properties; white vamps can’t abide sunlight so they experiment to creaPsychoanalytical, intelligent, fun read
Mythology: no fangs; venomous feel-good-properties; white vamps can’t abide sunlight so they experiment to create black vamps; slow aging process (character is 53 but looks 10); vamps live in single gender vampire covens and have polyamorous human syms to feed emotionally and physically from.
Bella Scale: -8 Bellas; she’s angsty and falls in love easily, but is very loyal to family and friends. She’s shown to make smart decisions and is able to survive, fight back and stand up for herself.
Octavia Butler was an African American, female, science fiction writer. The themes she explores in this contemporary piece are not limited to: group exclusion/inclusion; the relationship between memory and love (mind vs heart) and power/compassion; physical and emotional nourishment in relationships; justice and race and gender and size in the power matrix. This is the story of a seemingly young vampire girl who awakens with no memory of her past life and quickly finds herself a target of those who eradicated her matrilineal family. She sets about creating her own new family and tries to find justice for her murdered mothers. Highly entertaining, thoughtful and suspenseful. ...more
It took me forever to read this book, and ultimately, I didn't even finish it - a sign of sure boredom and irritation with the book. I simply didn't hIt took me forever to read this book, and ultimately, I didn't even finish it - a sign of sure boredom and irritation with the book. I simply didn't have the will to carry further. He writes with a dry British "wit" that fails to amuse and is quite tedious to slug through. He's writing for an audience that already knows the subject; to a novice like myself - knowing nothing of who's who, much less the intricacies of European and Latin American soccer in the 80s and 90s - this book was really tough to decipher. An interesting premise, but I presume he only thought of it so he can get paid to travel the world and watch soccer games.
Which is not a bad idea, so well played Mr. Kuper....more