Abel Folgar Is A Mad Scientist

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Abel Folgar is a Miami legend. Bred from the old school, he’s a writer’s writer. He doesn’t care about money. He’s an old school punk rock librarian and one of Miami’s best music journalists. We love Abel and publishing his translation of Juego De Chicos was a pleasure.

It’s such a good book and so timely with the World Cup.

Enjoy this silly podcast and support the novella.

It’s all a treat, albeit a little scattered.

We play around, but we work hard.

Reminiscences of youth. Painful memories. The warmth of a crowded car. The dregs of a potent hangover. Dual identities. The smell of a freshly mowed pitch. The dynamism of team sports. Promiscuity. The unyielding intolerance of previous generations. A late night tango. The absolute beauty of football (soccer).

All this and more drives the first-person narrative of Facundo R. Soto’s Juego de Chicos, a crisp bildungsroman that dips in and out of the surrealism of a gay football squad etched into the reality of Argentina’s national religion. In this most macho of macho scenarios, Soto becomes a participant in the struggles and triumphs of a team created out of necessity. The cast of characters, anonymous in a way, but easily identified by their positions, is pulled from every echelon of society—proving hooliganism only knows team allegiance

J.J. Colagrande

J.J. Colagrande has written about Miami culture for fifteen years, first with The Miami Herald, then Miami New Times and Huffington Post.