The Meaning of Lost and Mismatched Socks

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Is there anything more mysterious—and frustrating—than the disappearance of a sock? Investigating this common phenomenon from a quasi-scientific perspective, Dr. Perditus Pedale postulates a number of explanations, with many theoretical, historical, and contemporary asides. Though written in jest, the book addresses a conundrum that genuinely puzzles many. Included are interviews with passersby, comments from other authorities, and delightful illustrations—all created by Dr. Pedale, the domestic naturalist.

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Dr. Perditus Pedale, author of The Meaning of Lost and Mismatched Socks, was born in 1950, in Sognefjorden, Norway, to American parents, both anthropologists. He has been for years a self-described “Domestic Naturalist.” A pathfinding explorer and observer of what he terms the Familiarosphere, the realm of “Household Taxonomy,” he has single-mindedly devoted most of his scientific career to the examination of the hidden interactions between people and the features of their immediate environment.

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"If Robert Benchley, Bob & Ray, James Thurber, S.J. Perelman, Stephen Hawking, and H.P. Lovecraft were all to collide in a Quantum Entanglement Event with a pair of Argyle socks, the result would be almost as weird and hilarious as this guided tour of theoretical hosieristics from the High Priest of Arcane Smart-Alecks, Harry S. Robins Himself."
- Marc Laidlaw, author of The 37th Mandala and writer of the popular computer game Half-Life

"With this tome, Robins once again offers up his unique artistic technique for demonstrating how 'they' are pulling the wool over our feet."
- Winston Smith, college artist, contributing cover artist to The New Yorker

"Hal Robins is witty, cunningly arch, downright funny, cosmically connected, and very, very entertaining."
- John Shirley, author of Crawlers and screenwriter of the film The Crow

"Countercultural impresario Hal Robins, the hippest man in San Francisco, has authored a small masterpiece...a delight from beginning to end, filled with lovely language, absorbing illustrations, and fantastic ideas...that reaches an astounding climax at the end. Not to be missed."
- Rudy Rucker, author of Frek and the Elixir

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