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Entries by Alan Black from 12/2011

The Death of Socrates - Soccer Loses a Great

| Posted 12.05.2011 | Sports

Socrates, the great Brazilian soccer maverick, has died at age 57. Those who saw him play were moved by his style. He glided over the grass, his intelligence working the angles, carving space, inspirational and beautiful.

Soccer's Howling Wolves -- Will They Come for Sir Alex Ferguson?

| Posted 12.08.2011 | Sports

Coming out of the shadow is the question that many have been afraid to ask -- when should the Alex Ferguson era come to an end at Manchester United?

Interview with Lucy Caldwell, 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize Winner

| Posted 12.12.2011 | Huffington Post

A bold novelist takes the big bite - life and death, the metaphors within, identity and symbolism. Lucy Caldwell grew up in Northern Ireland, a fertile ground for all of that. She was not tribal, yet not entirely free from the intersection of death, once the signpost to the province.

When Soccer Crowds Get Depressed

| Posted 12.19.2011 | Sports

Last weekend presented us with an excellent case study in this horrible affliction. The Bernabeu stadium in Madrid can be a noisy cauldron, But last Saturday, 99 percent of them sat for most of the game in depressive silence.