Don’t Invite Borges to Your World Cup Party


As the World Cup continues, everyone seems to be a soccer fan. One person who wasn’t? Jorge Luis Borges. According to The New Republic, the famed Argentine writer loathed the game, going so far as to purposefully schedule a lecture at the same time as Argentina’s first match in the 1978 World Cup. Even if you don’t like soccer, that might seem like an extreme step, but keep in mind that Borges has also been quoted as saying this:

Soccer is popular because stupidity is popular.

P.E. Garcia is an Editor-at-Large for the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. They currently live in Philadelphia, where they were recently accidentally elected to be Judge of Elections. Find them on Twitter: @AvantGarcia. More from this author →