Cover Photo: J. Longo
J. Longo

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.

This is Asides and Offsides, a World Cup 2018 notebook by Bryan Washington.

We had already veered back into reality. It hadn’t taken very much. But then my mother texted her friend, asking her what we should bring, and they said, Nothing, just yourselves. We’ll be here when you show up.

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.