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.
  • Thursday Mixes

    +Exclusive Todd Edwards mix for Piotr and Eric's excellent weekly Treehouse party. (While you're at it, be sure to bookmark the Treehouse…

  • Robert Enke, R.I.P.

    Last week, German goalkeeper Robert Enke committed suicide by stepping in front of an oncoming train near his home in Hanover. He was, by all…

  • The Everton Collection

    As a lover of stuff and things, I find people like David France absolutely fascinating. For the past twenty years, from his home in America, he has…

  • Pirates of the Everything

    "It's the end of an era"--so reads the release from the Pirate Bay blog about their decision to decommission their centralized torrent tracker. They…

  • The "Match of Hate" -- 20 Years Later

    Unbelievable. Egypt needed to win their World Cup qualifier vs. Algeria by exactly two goals to none today in order to force a sudden death playoff…

  • Plug One, Plug Two

    New York! Join us tonight for the North American debut of Mamachas del Ring (@ the Margaret Mead Film Festival -- info here) (Full disclosure: a good…

  • Thursday Mixes

    Be back soon with a more substantial update, including a long post on music criticism. For now...Looking at/Watching:+These incredible images of QSL…

  • Ron Artest on "Afghan Women"

    Via Free Darko, the most bizarre YouTube video I've seen in quite a while: Ron Artest's "Afghan Woman"As Shoals put it: "I never understood all those…

  • Thursday Mixes: Halloween Style

    "You remind me of a haunted house I was once in...": Chairman Mao's Halloween-themed episode of "Spine Blowing Decisions."As Johnny from Good Records…

  • "Legalize Kemp"

    Last night marked the opening of a new NBA season. The perfect modern sports league, really, and I don't mean that in a good way.If you have a couple…

  • Brave Thinkers

    The "Brave Thinkers" issue of the Atlantic finally came out. Haven't had a chance to read it yet, but for what it's worth, these were some of my…

  • Adventures in the Postracial*

    I was on the road last week giving some talks on new media, pop culture and ideas of the "postracial," a term I only ever use in jest, i.e. "Asher…

  • Thursday Mixes

    Been on the road all week. Thanks to everyone who came out to the talk on Tuesday night in Santa Cruz. Also: Santa Cruz makes so much more sense to…

  • Thursday Mixes

    Via reader J Brown: a "Tasty Afro Mix" up at Soul Strut. Speaking of "tasty," Wayne Marshall's "Masala Mix And another J: J. Rocc offers up Beat…

  • Mellow Gold

  • Thursday Mixes

    DFA and D*I*R*T*Y-approved "Southeast London's resident bird fanciers" Cage and Aviary with a new dance mix.Quality mid-tempo, mid-afternoon funk…

  • Buffet Appreciation

    The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cSlim Thug Feels the Recessionwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show. Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRon Paul…

  • Brick, Mortar, Dust and Black Gold

    Via JBX: Stashin Records, a new site devoted to the preservation of New York record shop culture. Thus far, David, the guy who runs the site, has…

  • Messed Up

    Good question from Philip in the comments section of my Kanye/Harry Allen post: We ran a jokey piece about the Kanye outburst…

  • Light Everywhere

    While we're at it...a great trailer for the Numero Group's upcoming/deluxe/highly recommended Light: On the South Side collection-slash-Michael…


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