WSJ World Cup E-Book – Out Now!

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Are you sad–like us–that the World Cup is over? (Remember, we have a vested interest in USA soccer!) Or, are you a proud supporter of Die Mannschaft and still hungover from your victory celebrations? 

Either way, good news today for soccer fans: this morning, The Wall Street Journal rolls out a FREE e-book called The Unforgettable World Cup: Thirty-One Days of Triumph and Heartbreak in Brazil. 

It’s a collection of their best stories and essays, with fresh introductory pieces by sports columnist Jason Gay and veteran Brazil correspondent John Lyons. The book is free to download—both for subscribers and non-subscribers. The book is already available for download here. (An awesome cover too featuring rockstar-looking Neymar). Enjoy!

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Last Stop on the STRANGE GLORY Book Tour

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We love ‘postcards’ sent to us from book tours. This is our second one from Charles Marsh, author of STRANGE GLORY: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Knopf). Dr. Marsh has just returned from the end of his whirlwind tour, which began in April. Final stop: Los Angeles. Here’s the note from Margaux, a member of The Project on Lived Theology at UVA, who attended the event and wrote,

On this past Sunday night, following the Pacific Crossroads Church worship service held at St. John’s Episcopal church in South LA, there we had over 90 people who attended the book discussion, with over half spilling over into the sanctuary because of unexpectedly high attendance. Tucked into an alcove of an old episcopal sanctuary, dimly lit with alter candles, Reverend Rankin Wilbourne interviewed Dr. Charles Marsh and created a dialogue that touched on the power of story in shaping our understanding of history and theology, the influences of the America and the African American church on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the complexity and delicate balance of humanity and the sainthood that shines through this new biography on Bonhoeffer. Most of the guests in attendance purchased a book, many buying extra copies to give to friends/colleagues and all books were sold.

It’s a great way to end a tour that began in many months ago; thanks to everyone at the Project on Lived Theology, Knopf, and all others who made it possible.

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Sunday’s event in Los Angeles

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Strange Glory event in Charlottesville

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Outside the NYC event

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Dr. Marsh at the NYC event at City Seminary

All photos c/o the great camerawork of those with The Project on Lived Theology.

Bert Patenaude Scores First Hat Trick in World Cup

…the 1930 World Cup, that is.

In the inaugural world cup, held in Uruguay in 1930, U.S. National Team player Bert Patenaude scored the first-ever hat trick (that’s three goals in one game). His grandson, also named Bert Patenaude, is our author, a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University and the author of, most recently, TROTSKY: Downfall of a Revolutionary (HarperCollins).

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Bert Patenaude is in the center of the front row

Until recently, Patenaude’s feat had never been officially acknowledged or honored by FIFA. The problem was that a better-known player, from a markedly better team, also scored a hat trick in the 1930 World Cup. That was Argentina’s Guillermo Stábile, who scored a few days after Patenaude in a 6-3 defeat of Mexico. For the next 76 years he was celebrated as the man with the first World Cup hat trick. 

News of Patenaude’s goals didn’t travel too far or too wide at the time. No U.S. journalists were even present at the game. And not only that, those who were paying attention weren’t in agreement that Patenaude was the goal-scorer–because players’ jerseys didn’t have their numbers, the identity of the scorer wasn’t always observed or reordered correctly.

But in 2006 historian Colin Jose set the record straight, sending diagrams of the three goals to FIFA and receiving a reply: you’re right, it was Patenaude. 

As written in a great Sports Illustrated piece, The 10 Most Significant Goals In U.S. Soccer History, by Brian Straus:

On Nov. 10, 2006—76 years after the fact—FIFA announced that Patenaude, not Stábile, had scored the first World Cup hat trick. It cited “evidence from various historians and football fans, as well as lengthy research and confirmation from the U.S. Soccer Federation,” as drivers of the decision.

Alas, after the win over Paraguay (that Patenaude’s hat trick helped secure), the Americans were bested 6-1 by Argentina in the semifinal. (Painful shades of yesterday’s Brazil-Germany match, perhaps..). But today the U.S. soccer legacy can stand proud behind the fact we had the first hat trick in World Cup history, 84 years ago.

Patenaude was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971 and was the USA’s all-time leading World Cup scorer for 80 years. Landon Donovan surpassed him in 2010. 

Whomever you’re rooting for today, enjoy the game, and: Remember Patenaude! 

Vint Virga Profiled in New York Times Magazine

 Doctor (left): Vint Virga. Patient (right): Molly, Barbary sheep. Affliction: extreme anxiety after tail amputation. Credit: Robin Schwartz for The New York Times

 

Vint Virga, veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and author of THE SOUL OF ALL LIVING CREATURES (Crown), is the subject of a profile by Alex Halberstadt in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, “Zoo Animals and Their Discontents

Zoos contact Virga when animals develop difficulties that vets and keepers cannot address, and he is expected to produce tangible, observable results. Often, the animals suffer from afflictions that haven’t been documented in the wild and appear uncomfortably close to our own: He has treated severely depressed snow leopards, brown bears with obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobic zebras. “Scientists often say that we don’t know what animals feel because they can’t speak to us and can’t report their inner states,” Virga told me. “But the thing is, they are reporting their inner states. We’re just not listening.”

 

Virga attends to the emotional welfare of zoo animals by observing them and finding ways to make them feel more at ease. Using behavioral psychology, Virga teaches zookeepers how to make animals more comfortable in captivity. The accompanying video, “The Animal Whisperer” has great shots of Virga at work at a zoo in Rhode Island, caring for a beautiful giraffe, Sukari, and a pair of seals about to have an eye exam. Virga’s website has more information about his work in zoos around the country.

 

Patient (left): Willie, donkey. Affliction: Depression over change in habitat. Patient (right):Sukari, Masai giraffe. Affliction: Anxiety around people with large cameras. Photo credit: Robin Schwartz for The New York Times.

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