Playing Footie

warren st john, outcasts united, soccer, world cup, kicking and screening film festival

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 bookOutcasts 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.

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