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Grant Farred is passionate and erudite--as a scholar, certainly, and as a fan of football (the game Americans call soccer), even more so.

His allegiance is to Liverpool Football Club (L.F.C.)--with 18 league championships and five European Cup titles, the most successful club in English football history. Wearing an L.F.C.-worthy red shirt, Farred--a professor of English and Africana studies who joined the Cornell faculty last fall--shared his lifelong love of his team at the Cornell Store March 28, reading from his recent memoir, "Long Distance Love: A Passion for Football" (Temple University Press).

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