A Jewish British sports historian who teaches in England and the United States, David Goldblatt is a documentary film maker, broadcaster and journalist whose books and articles continue to receive widespread acclaim.
Among several of his works focusing on his country’s national pastime, soccer, Goldblatt’s third book, “The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football” was last November hailed as “an exceptional winner” of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and during the same week, “The Prison Where Murderers Play for Manchester United,” an extended piece which appeared in The Guardian in May 2015, was chosen as the Foreign Press Association’s Sports Story of the Year.
…Through football, its members have been trying to turn themselves into citizens ready to rejoin a society they damaged. You can read it in their words (referencing the text of a constitution written by the prisoners) and you can see it in their play. Dissent, football’s code word for slagging off (demeaning) the referee, is almost entirely absent. Unsporting behavior of any kind is frowned upon. A red card means a two-month ban from football—an agonizing punishment for any player here
Influenced by modern European movements including Constructivism—typified by the use of floating geometric form—Moholy-Nagy (pronounced Mo holy Naj) invented new processes for making art, and employed what were then considered cutting edge materials, including Plexiglas, for his delightful sculptures which are displayed suspended in the air, as he intended.
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