Long reads. Song lyrics. Vignettes. Q&As.
The best thing I read varies like the weather. And, in Southern Connecticut this winter, that is saying something!
I have always loved reading. I think part of that love comes from the fact that it is never the same experience. No story, or analysis, or rendering is the same. No style is the same. No word choice, or turn of a phrase is ever the exact same.
On Wednesday evening, I read this Q&A with USC sociology and journalism professor Ben Carrington. It's the best thing I've read this week.
I saw Carrington speak in Spring 2013 at the University of Texas, which hosted the annual Sports Summit of the International Association for Communication and Sport. He blew me away. So smart and well spoken. I've since read several articles he has written, and books he has edited. He is a talented scholar.
But what struck me about this Q&A is the casual manner in which a brilliant person is discussing a complex issue. That makes it accessible -- something from which others can learn. The topic is salient and so critical. I hope you read it, enjoy it and walk away from it more informed.
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer's Biggest Stage is available online from Palgrave Macmillan. (Hardback available in September 2021.)
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.