Sock (Object Lessons)

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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.Who ponders the sock? This common object is something people tug on and take off daily with hardly a thought. Unraveling the garment's history, construction, and use, Kim Adrian's Sock reintroduces us to our own bodies- vulnerable, bipedal, and flawed. Sock reminds us that extraordinary secrets live in mundane material realities, and shows how this floppy, often smelly, sometimes holey piece of clothing, whether machine-made or hand-knit, can also serve as an anatomy lesson, a physics primer, a love letter, a weapon, a fetish, and a fashion statement.Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

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ISBN-13: 9781501315060
ISBN-10: 1501315064
Pagini: 144
Ilustrații: 3 b/w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.14 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria Object Lessons

Locul publicării: New York, United States


Plays on the idea that humans are oddly shaped animals with significant design flaws: for example, we have to put warm things on our feet in order to survive in many places

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Kim Adrian is the author of the memoir The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet and the editor of The Shell Game: An Anthology of "Hermit Crab" Essays. She is a Visiting Lecturer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University.


Introduction 1. Socks & Evolution 2. Socks & Desire 3. Socks & Industry Coda: Instructions for Darning a Sock Notes Index


Through a discussion of the footwear's material, social and cultural evolution, Sock reflects on the brilliance present in the minutiae of our lives. With piercing wit, idiosyncratic humor and sharply insightful moments of personal examination, Adrian uses the most domestic of items as a lens through which to view the inelegance and wondrousness of humanity. Encompassing the utility of protecting an essentially vulnerable, uncomfortable body and the bonds mothers form with the objects that cover the delicate toes of their babies, Adrian's warm, insightful investigation will give this common object new prominence in any reader's mind. Sock delivers a detailed exploration of human nature through whimsically astute commentary on a common, closely held object.
Fun, focused, and footloose!
[This book] serves to entertain in its erudite approach to yet another unexpected subject.
An utterly engaging investigation - not so much of [the sock], per se, as of human evolution, anatomy, physics, sexuality, fashion, painting, consumerism, manufacturing, and motherhood . illuminating, erudite, deeply intelligent.
If a book called Sock makes you think, 'Twenty-five-thousand words on socks? Uh, no,' then you're unclear on the concept. You're also missing out on a thoroughly delightful discussion.
A remarkable read, a perfectly satisfying balance of fact and quirk and charm.