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How do they get the cuts and stains so … right? ” A shirt might look normal enough until you try it on, and discover that the armholes have been moved, and are no longer level with your shoulders, like a capital “T,” but farther down your torso, like a lowercase one. Jackets with patches on them might senselessly bunch at your left hip, or maybe they poof out at the small of your back, where for no good reason there’s a pocket. I’ve yet to see a pair of Kapital trousers with a single leg hole, but that doesn’t mean the designers haven’t already done it.

There was no word—but perhaps he could find a substitute. “Abhed,” he offered. I had never heard him use the term. ” I marvelled at the choice; it was an echo chamber of a word. Gregor Mendel might have relished its many resonances: indivisible, impenetrable, inseparable, identity. I asked my father what he thought about Moni, Rajesh, and Jagu. “Abheder dosh,” he said. A flaw in identity, a genetic illness, a blemish that cannot be separated from the self—the same phrase served all meanings. He had made some peace with its indivisibility.

My God,” Gretchen said, trying on a hat that seemed to have been modelled on a used toilet brush, before adding it to her pile. “This place is amazing. ” he main r eason we asked T Gretchen to join us is that she un- derstands shopping. That is to say, she understands there is nothing but shopping—unlike our brother Paul, or our sister Lisa, whose disinterest in buying things is downright masculine. She and her husband, Bob, don’t exchange Christmas gifts but will, rather, “go in” on something: a new set of shelves for the laundry room, for instance, or a dehumidifier.

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