David Foster Wallace
A World Cup for writers in the 'Penguin Cup'
A World Cup for writers in the 'Penguin Cup'

Around the globe, productivity is said to take a steep hit every four years when the World Cup rolls around. Entire countries shut down -- often in the middle of a weekday. After the 2010 World Cup, one study estimated the decline in economic output in the UK alone to be about $7.3 billion. Now there’s a new way to waste your time during the World Cup. Targeting literati around the globe, Penguin U.K. has assembled 16 teams composed of its greatest writers, representing 16 countries, to compete in the "Penguin Cup." This being a literary exercise, a lot of imagination will be required to actually “see” the action of the field, especially since most of the...