9781501315060

Sock

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  • ISBN13:

    9781501315060

  • ISBN10:

    1501315064

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/9/2017
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Homely, ubiquitous, simple: the sock is such an everyday part of our lives, we tend to overlook its importance-unless there's a problem. Without socks, our feet are vulnerable to cold, infection, and discomfort. Put on a pair that's too thin, too thick, too itchy, holey, or damp and suddenly socks are maddeningly preoccupying. At their most basic, socks are an important technology of adaptation, without which human beings would not have migrated to many of the colder regions of the planet. Sometimes functional, sometimes fashionable, sometimes government issued, and often silly looking, the humble sock can be said to complete the human foot.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Author Biography

Kim Adrian is an award-winning writer based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Agni, the Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a P.E.N. New England Discover Award, the Artist's Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her most recent book is The 27th Letter of the Alphabet.

Table of Contents

1. Socks, an Introduction
2. Origins of the Sock
3. To Turn a Heel
4. The Importance of Socks
5. Of Clocks and Diamonds, Wedges and Gores
6. Notable Socks
7. The Missing Sock
Notes
Index

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