The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes - Michel Pastoureau This preliminary study on the meaning of stripes in western culture answers few of the questions it raises -- it was intended, as the author says, to be 'made up more of impressions and interrogations than of compilations' -- but it leaves the way open for the reader to make her own interrogations of images suggested by the text, from medieval fools to zebras to underwear to toothpaste. A thought-provoking read.