I’m going to the beach with Warren St. John this weekend.
Not only is the Alabaman an amazing feature writer and novelist, he’s also a pretty insightful social commentator (we wouldn’t have the term “metrosexual” if it weren’t for his 2003 New York Times article), which is why I’ve decided to re-read his second book, Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference (Random House, 2009) during my trip to Charleston this Memorial Day weekend. With the World Cup just weeks away, it couldn’t be a more perfect book to get in the mood for the world’s game. For those not familiar with the story, it’s about a small Georgia town that became a haven for refugees from war-torn nations, and the local youth soccer football team, known as “The Fugees,” that challenged the community’s concept of home and belonging. Vanity Fair has a recent podcast with St. John here, along with a great World Cup blog that even newbie soccer–excuse me, football–fans like me can follow.
For those wanting even more footie-inspired events, check out the 2nd Annual Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival, June 1-5 at Tribeca Cinemas.