Sunday, April 03, 2022

96 hours of reading instead of the Football World Cup in Qatar – time to read 64 poetry books

The German newspaper taz offered ten things to do instead if you want to boycott the Football World Cup in Qatar in November and December (because of the corruption in granting the tournament to Qatar and the scandalous treatment of the workers who built the stadiums, among other things). One suggestion is to spend the time you would have spent watching the matches reading: 64 matches times 90 minutes equals 96 hours of reading, which is more than enough time for David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest". But I have an alternative suggestion: it's a perfect opportunity to read 64 collections of poetry, which can usually be read in around 90 minutes. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 3 April 2022)


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