Author: Guest Writer

Socks, Brooms, Shrines and Temples: Recent research in Japan

Suppose you patched up a hole in your favourite sock, only to find another hole the next day. Okay, needle and thread out and repair complete, but oh dear, another day, another hole. This sorry cycle continues on for a week or two until none of the original sock remains, only your patchwork. Is this entirely repaired item still your favourite sock? If not, then at what point in the process did it become a new sock? If it is, then what is it that maintains its authentic ‘sockness’? And what if someone, somehow, managed to bring together all...

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