While We're Still On the Subject of "Stuff"

I recently started reading Threadbared, a great fashion blog run by two "clotheshorse academics," Minh-ha Pham and Mimi Thi Nguyen (one of the smartest people I know). It's a great mix of exuberance and analysis that takes seriously the larger, oft-ignored forces that always mediate our sense of "style," whether we care to acknowledge them or not. Recent posts have considered "Burqa tourism," whether The Academy hates fashion and the politics of hair. This, from a post on the upcoming Jil Sander + Uniqlo collaboration:

How will +J, a fast fashion label, articulate and accelerate neoliberal identifications with democracy now that the ethical politics of fashion has shifted to the slow fashion movement of sustainable fabrics and recession-friendly trans seasonal "investment pieces"?

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Vaguely related: I accidentally rewatched all sixty hours of The Wire recently (it was for work). While lingering momentarily on Lester Freamon's passion for dollhouse miniatures--and remembering all those blind box Eames and Risom miniatures I saw in Asia years back--I came across Modern Mini. Of course there had to be people who did mid-century modern dollhouses miniatures.

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.

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