Consider the Zoot Suit, an "extreme style" that swirled around the world like this past year's Gangnam Style and still-ongoing Harlem Shake. Race. Class. Gender. Style. Status Quo. Pied Pipers. Fashion statement. Join the bandwagon. Crackdown.
What's it all about, Alfie? Can you dig?
Great Depression, World War Two, Race Riot. In the Navy, Wild in the Streets. "Twenty years of schoolin' and they put you on the day shift . . ." It's all Zoot!
New books include: Kathy Peiss, Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and Elizabeth Escobedo, From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, March 21, 2013).
Today's Rune: Warrior.