Friday, March 24, 2023

Enough Pants to Last For the Rest of Your Life

Gap (skinny style jeans)

Have you ever bought a pair of jeans and asked yourself, will this be my last? Over the years you've bought jeans at The Gap and actually have an inventory of them. All this time you've been like a collector of ancient coins. But now it doesn’t seem justified to buy any more pants—since no one collects pants—and you definitely have enough to last the rest of your life. You might like the “Skinny” or “Slim” fits, but there is no way there are going to be enough years left to put your feet through the legs of all the pants you've already accumulated. Buying pants will no longer be on your itinerary, just as one day you won’t need to stock up on any more Bumble Bee Tuna or Campbell’s Soup. You’re not going to leave your canned goods or jeans to anyone; they will not be part of the estate or even a simple yard sale. You may remember Tallulah Bankhead who had that role in Hitchcock’s Lifeboat. She had an insatiable appetite for men and women (she claimed to have slept with over 500)—though no one would have said she collected partners the way Nabokov did butterflies. 

read "Magnitudes of Finitude" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "I've Got Dreams to Remember" by Otis Redding

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