Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
Unraveling the sock's history, construction, and necessity, Kim Adrian's Sock reintroduces us to our own bodies-vulnerable, bipedal, and flawed-by examining this most common of objects, something we daily tug on and take off with hardly a thought. Sock reminds us that extraordinary secrets live in mundane material realities, and reveals how this floppy, often smelly, sometimes holey piece of clothing-whether machine made and ordered online or hand-knit and given as a gift-can also serve as an anatomy lesson, a physics primer, a love letter, a weapon, a fetish, or a fashion statement.
Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
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