We’re (Kind of) All in This Together: Watching the World Cup at the End of the World
It isn’t that we sought to separate the “real world” from the matches—just that, for a time, we had something else to think about.
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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