Hua Hsu

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.
  • The Faith of Graffiti

    A classic book about street art gets rereleased and serves as a reminder of how much the form—and the public's reaction to it—has changed in the past three decades

  • Musicians Need Health Insurance, Too

    Just because you have talent doesn't mean you have good health care. An overview of the struggles recording artists have faced.

  • Mixes of the Week

    Rarely on time but never late, a long-overdue update

  • A Better Than Good Time

    Attn: New Yorkers!A last-minute announcement for the world debut of Dave Tompkin's upcoming vocoder opus:Hello.I'll be doing a vocoder talk for my…

  • bonus beats

    Some more mixes.Via Good Records: a mix of 60s and 70s-era Haitian heat from Captain Planet.Elsewhere on the planet: Mike Simonetti of Italians Do It…

  • Thursday mixes

    (An amazing Madlib/Lootpack moment, spotted on TTLECE)From Soul Persuasion: more Bay Area soul, jazz, funk, everything.Mallet Rock: some vibraphone,…

  • Power of Soul b/w Help is On the Way

    (Available here) (Available here)In the days after Katrina, Soulstrut.com, an online "community" (if such a term applies) of record…

  • Thursday mixes

    Around the Pacific world in a couple of clicks: over at Discontent, "New Weird Australia" and an indie rock/punk-leaning, television-hating China…

  • The Sounds and the Furies

    1. Mark E Smith of The Fall on why he supports Manchester City. Includes this brilliant anecdote featuring the Icicle Works:The Fall used to have a…

  • House is Not a Home

    A fairly entertaining capsule from the heyday of Chicago hip-house, house-rap, club-rap, truly-fast-rap, whatever you want to call it, "it's a…

  • Holiday Styles

    Yesterday, on the generally astonishing Zamboni Sountrack: this tape from the night of December 22, 1967 featuring legendary UK DJ Johnnie Walker,…

  • Thursday Mixes

    O-Dub's killer ARETHA soulcast.Recloose shines a light on ANTHONY "SHAKE" SHAKIRBEST OF Big Daddy Kane.1990s RETROSPECTIVE MIX "A BOOM BAP CONTINUUM"…

  • Grizzly Man, Grisly Man

    A logjam of strange, inspired questions and calm, measured answers, Nicolas Cage praise and hypnotic wit: Werner Herzog on Tom Ashbrook's "On Point"…

  • Thursday Mixes

    @ Soulman: two impeccable new mixes, Beautiful and Come to Me Softly.@ Grandgood: DJ Hot Day--a Queens LEGEND--with the remarkably classy "Music to…

  • Canadian Graffiti

    Some thirty+ years after Norman Mailer and others first floated this idea, it's somewhat heartwarming that graffiti writers--especially ones who get…

  • Feel the Artbeat

    Cantab--they of the underground Providence, R.I. cartography--has been posting some amazing photo sets of abandoned abodes out in rural(ish)…

  • Be Thankful

    Requests only: a for-the-people soul podcast from Soul-Sides.Laidback swagger: Mao's latest mix is all mid-tempo soul, funk and disco nodders.The…

  • On Feeling the Same

    "I hope that the rest of the country feels the same way." (via Footnotes of Mad Men)

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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