Author Archives: cyphilbrick

Poem of the Month: Two Poems About Art

Good Art Changes you, if only in phase, like snow settles under sun.   I Want to Write a Poem I want to write a poem in one sitting as final as the past, like when I made a boy laugh so hard by hanging a pear from my nose root beer exploded from his […]

Add it Up: Angst in the Music of Violent Femmes and Langhorne Slim

* The following was published back in the summer of 2008 for “Crawdaddy!”. I’d post a link to the original, but I can’t find one anymore. The piece involves comparing angst in the music of Violent Femmes and Langhorne Slim, someone the music world hasn’t heard much from in a while. In digging up this […]

World Cup 2010 Revisited: On South Africa’s Exit

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

World Cup 2010 Revisited: On American Fandom in South Africa

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

World Cup 2010 Revisited: Do Aussies Do It Better?

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

On the Growth of European Soccer in the U.S. and Why It’s OK

*This post originally appeared on footsmoke.com (now taken over by some creepy cyber-poster) in the Summer of 2009. I still think it’s essentially true. Since writing this, fans’ appetite for MLS has increased. And so, I think, has the quality of the national product.     Ah, summer soccer in America. When we can all […]

Will HDTV Save Soccer in America?

* This post originally appeared on footsmoke.com in the Summer of 2009 Bill Simmons, one of the most beloved messiahs of American sportswriting, is getting into soccer. I wish him the best, although I have a feeling he has no idea how big of a plunge he is about to take. His new attraction to […]