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.
  • Memory Bands

    Last year I taught a seminar on the art and thought of the 1980s, partly as a way of revisiting some of the decade's fascinating aesthetic and…

  • Weekend Update

    Sorry for the sporadic updates--no Internet here yet (thanks, Comcast).In the meantime: funny piece in the Guardian about Chinglish. Oliver at…

  • Thursday Mixes

    In honor of Theo Parrish's appearance at Sunday Best this weekend, a few live sets over at RBMA (scroll down to "More from...").As the first song…

  • The Wire Bible

    During my accidental re-viewing of The Wire (see last week), I was reminded of this: "The Wire Bible," which includes David Simon's original pitch to…

  • "Cardboard Crack"

    Another quick note on "stuff" -- endearing short film about a Brooklyn baseball card shop over at internets celebrities: * * * And to get you ready…

  • RASHIED ALI, R.I.P.

    Drummer Rashied Ali died yesterday.np: Ali and John Coltrane, Interstellar Space.

  • Thursday Mixes

    As Sam from Allez-Allez puts it: Love is Strange. Iron Leg is hosting a "Super Duper Folk Rock Psychedelic Fuzz Dance Party"Some soul and funk gems…

  • "Maybe It's the DNA In the Water."

    Really cool clip of A Guy Called Gerald walking through Detroit (circa 89?) (Does anyone know where this clip is from?)

  • 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…

  • Things and Stuff and Stuff and Things

    So I've been moving for the past couple weeks (I have a lot of stuff and far too much time on my hands) and I have been inevitably, almost…

  • Thursday Mixes

    Been moving/unpacking all week so I haven't had time to update. In the meantime, here are some older gems:-Boogie is the new disco: some brilliant…

  • One More... (Thursday Mix-related)

    Last minute addition to the line-up: JBX's "thanks for waiting" mix over at DJ Love on the Run's blog.

  • Thursday Mixes b/w On the Move Again

    Been struggling with moving boxes and packing tape all week. Back soon. For now:An extra spring in your step : classy disco boogie set over at Soul…

  • "Thimble" b/w the True Story of RAWDOG

    Cambridge's fine Cantab Publishing group--check out their zines and prints, and holler their way if you've ever been underneath Providence, RI--has a…

  • Thursday Mixes

    "We still do it real old school:" JBX playing 70s soul on WNYU's "Downtown Affair"Thanks to P i  o  t r: Maayan Nidam's captivating set of gliding…

  • Making Freddy Adu Look Hella Old

    The youngest-ever professional soccer player debuted the other afternoon in Bolivia. Number 10 shirt, subbed in at the 39th minute, coach's son: a…

  • Gatesgate (or Maybe Skipgate?)

    First, the totally obvious joke: "loud and tumultuous" - you mean the cops bust in on one of Skip's classes? I don't mean to make light of Henry…

  • Out the Door

    Noz has a fantastic interview with Too Short over on Cocaine Blunts. While you're there, be sure to check out the YouTube clips of DJ Paul and Juicy…

  • Thursday Mixes / BUMPSHOP R.I.P

    You were not going to meet many girls at Bumpshop--and that was kind of the point. The party was too loud for idle chatter, and from the "No…

  • Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, track #6

    Sometimes, you wonder how California exists.I say this as a proud, ryde-or-die Californian. Product of California public schools. I will sooner…

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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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