Mike Marqusee will be in conversation with Daphna Baram about his book, If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew tonight at Pages of Hackney bookshop. Tickets are £3 and available on the door.
Pages of Hackney, 70 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, E5 0RN
Call 020 8525 1452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to reserve a place
Also see Mike Marqusee’s excellent piece on the World Cup in The Guardian yesterday:
Come on you Ghana, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Korea, Italy…
For certain, we’ll have a team in the final that we’ll want to back – but we won’t be crushed with disappointment if “our” team fails. We neutrals are always winners, as long as the football is exciting. Though we can’t share the (rare) ecstasies of supporters with single loyalties, I think we’re better off without much that goes with it.
For a wide variety of reasons, many people long-resident or even born and bred in this country will not be supporting England, though they’ll be following the football with passion. In our cities there will be clubs, pubs and restaurants packed at various times with supporters of Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana or Cameroon cheering on their sides. …
With the football World Cup pressing hard on us and England mania on the rise, spare a thought for those of us who are not England supporters. Though we go largely unnoticed in the England-centred media coverage, we’re here and we’re a significant minority.
Read the full article here.
Mike Marqusee is a writer specialising in politics, popular culture and sport. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. His last book is If I Am Not For Myself.
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