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.
  • We Were the Camera

    Spotted at Hypebeast: a great video featuring the French photographer/provocateur/street artist JR. Speaking of photography for the folks, Luc Sante…

  • Thursday Mixes

    +@ Alainfinkielkrautrock, disco-house heaven: Tim Sweeney megamixes the Balihu records back catalogue.+For the classicists: live DJ Chorizo Funk mix…

  • Feeding Frenzy

    Returning to South Korea after he won the Super Bowl a couple years back, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (African American father, Korean mother)…

  • Thursday Mixes

    Mao puts together a fantastic Roc Raida tribute mix over at Spine.Sweet Kid Inquisitive soul mix, "Heavy Days 2"LAGOS DISCO INFERNOSeverely…

  • U > S > A

    This week marks the official release of A New Literary History of America, a book project I'm honored to have been involved with for the better part…

  • R.I.P. Roc Raida (Part 2)

    Roc Raida's passing is a tough one. At this point, his heyday, the mid to late 1990s, seems like forever ago. Back then, any aspiring DJ studied and…

  • R.I.P. Roc Raida

    4:51 in, and on and on.

  • Epic Fail

  • Thursday Mixes

    Big things happening at 100 Limousines: a special guest mix by Whitemare (of Gloriette Records fame) and Nite Jewel. Expect plenty of weird synths,…

  • "That's My Mom!"

    Brett Ratner shares some truly amazing (and, uh, problematic) memories from his days as a 90s rap video director.And because the idea of devoting an…

  • "I'm Goin' to My Media Assassin / Harry Allen / Gotta Ask Him..."

    Very important piece by Harry Allen about Kanye and Taylor, Twitter and the N-word. I tend to think it's easy to get overheated about these kinds of…

  • "I'm a Nikehead/I Wear Chains That Excite the Feds"

    +'Tis the time for "Best of 2000s" lists, and Complex, your one-stop, half-upside-down spot for neat and often limited edition things to buy, has a…

  • Bound to happen (Updated)

    And surely to be followed any minute now by the "Hitler finds out about Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs" clip.Via Ian…

  • Thursday Again + PSA

    Via Mao: a killer soulful disco mix by Matthew Africa. (Brief Encounter's "Human" is perfect 70s soul.)* * *More later today. But for now, check out…

  • "I Trade the World"

    After the jump, a righteous email from Jared about DJ Emskee's uplifting I Trade the World mixtape, recorded right after 9/11. (There's a link to the…

  • Guest Post: "Moments" by Pete L'Official

    The first in a series of guest posts about...whatever is on the guest's mind, pretty much. Today, Pete L'Official ponders the global, cultural and…

  • Straight Razor, Part 2

    Thinking about Shante reminded me of this quote, from an interview I did with Nas around the time of God's Son. I was playing some old Queens songs…

  • Straight Razor

    Very of the moment convergences going on with this Roxanne Shante controversy. A few weeks back, the New York Daily News published this deeply…

  • Thursday Mixes

    Via O-Dub: a face-melting mix of choice tracks from the legendary NYC reggae label Wackies. ("Time is Now"--the first video clip--is a scorcher.)New…

  • More '80s Flashbacks

    David just alerted me to this series of enjoyable video essays about the summers of '84 and '89 over at L Magazine. I don't completely agree with the…


What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?


The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City


Desegregated, Yet Unequal

A short documentary about the legacy of Boston busing


Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.


Social Media: The Video Game

What if the validation of your peers could "level up" your life?


The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.



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