The Long Goodbye

Illustration by Emily Thompson

As many of you have noticed, we haven’t published anything new on The Modern Spectator for quite some time. It’s disappointing to say it, but this hiatus may last through the winter, or perhaps longer. There are good reasons for this, including my classes at NYU and writings which will occasionally appear here. For now, the break has given me a chance to look back and review some of the things we’ve done over the past four years. I’ve posted above one of my favorite images, a drawing by my wife, Emily Thompson (Read the accompanying article, a dream-like meditation on tie games by Brian Phillips, who runs the excellent soccer blog, The Run of Play), and have dug into the vaults to feature some other old pieces below. You can also take a look at our archives, where you’ll find my old musings on Zidane, luck, texting, and subluxation. And please drop me a line at austin (at)


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