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Everything I know about morality and the duty of men, I owe to soccer.

Albert Camus

In honor of today’s clash of titans between Spain and Portugal at the European soccer championships, we include a much paraphrased quote by Albert Camus. Camus grew up in Algeria and played goalkeeper for his university’s junior team before abandoning the sport when his lungs were perforated by tuberculosis.

If you probe deeper, you’ll see that the quote has been interpreted in varying ways. It was translated from the French, so “football” and “soccer” are used interchangeably. And apparently the quote was actually longer, referring specifically to the RUA, the university where he was enrolled.

Anyway, we like the quote and we think Camus’s writings would be heady stuff for all those unused substitutes on the bench. 

Istanbul, Turkey - After weeks of violent clashes between police and protesters across Turkey a new form of resistance has emerged - the “Standing Man”.
Standing silently, and initially alone, Turkish performance artist Erdem Gunduz stood, with his hands in his pockets, facing the Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square, Istanbul, for eight hours.
Public reading and informal education has been notable since the earliest days of the protest, but has since merged with the Standing Man to form “The Taksim Square Book Club”.

Istanbul, Turkey - After weeks of violent clashes between police and protesters across Turkey a new form of resistance has emerged - the “Standing Man”.

Standing silently, and initially alone, Turkish performance artist Erdem Gunduz stood, with his hands in his pockets, facing the Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square, Istanbul, for eight hours.

Public reading and informal education has been notable since the earliest days of the protest, but has since merged with the Standing Man to form “The Taksim Square Book Club”.