“We won either way”: The People I Watched the World Cup With
On watching the World Cup in spite of everything, and finding camaraderie with friends and strangers alike.
Bryan Washington’s debut collection, Lot, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. He has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Vulture, BuzzFeed, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, One Story, GQ, FADER, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.
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