A celebration of the sublime aspects of the mundane, Sock unravels the history, construction, and necessity of this most common of objects—something we daily tug on and take off with hardly a thought—and along the way reintroduces us to our own bodies: vulnerable, bipedal, and flawed. Part of Bloomsbury's acclaimed Object Lessons Series.
"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." —Los Angeles Review of Books

"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." —Shelf Awareness

"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." —Washington Independent Review of Books

"It is a remarkable read, a perfectly satisfying balance of fact and quirk and charm." —

"[Adrian] speaks about knitting throughout the book with such capable intensity I found an appreciation for her voice on it and an interest in her as a human." —PopMatters
"Kim Adrian's Sock is the darndest thing. Witty and sly, written with the highest tactile precision, it is at the same time stacked with erudite asides and unexpected perspectives. Adrian reminds us where the ground lies and how we move upon it—and what miraculous things we have encasing our feet as we do so."
—Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies

"Fun, focused, and footloose!"
—Nicholson Baker, author of The Mezzanine
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publication details
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Series: Object Lessons
Editors: Christopher Schaberg and Ian Bogost
Release date: September 7, 2017
Paperback 144 pp.