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Friends, we need your help.
Last week, Gregory Warner and David Kestenbaum reported on the afterlife of American clothes. Lots of t-shirts from used clothes bin in the U.S. eventually make their way to sub-Saharan Africa.
Including the one above. From Jennifer’s bat-mitzvah from November 20, 1993. We want to find Jennifer.
What we Know: Jennifer’s bat mitzvah was on November 20, 1993. The theme may have been cartoons. And there’s a nametag in the shirt labeled Rachel Williams.
That’s all we know. Which is where you come in.
Do you know Rachel Williams? Do you know Jennifer? Help us solve the mystery. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “that’s my shirt” in the subject line. And please share this as much as you can. It would be really awesome to find Jennifer and talk to her about her bat mitzvah t-shirt’s journey.
Fascinating. Can’t wait to see if we can find Rachel Williams and Jennifer!
The always-reliable Alison Wilgus told me she was going to write a story set on and around Cape Cod, MA, and being as how she grew up there, I gave her the thumbs up. A few weeks later she came back with “Moxie”. It’s a gem of a story in a rarefied genre: Cape Cod fiction. While stopping short of claiming it’s said genre’s sole occupant, I’ve never read another Cape Cod story. I sure like this one, though.
"Moxie" concerns David Song’s efforts to run the Bermuda Race, a 635-mile sailing race from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda. He is doing so in place of his late father, suddenly deceased just a few months prior to the story’s beginning, and he needs help crewing his yacht. He’s expecting to sail with Zhou Peng, his father’s long-time partner, but it’s Peng’s own scion Alex who shows up, much to David’s consternation.
The two do not immediately get along well, but it turns out that Alex, like David, has good reasons for wanting to run the race.
The story is chockablock with little Cape Cod details; place-names like Mashpee, Barnstable, and Vineyard Haven, slacks and boat shoes and rich people chuckling over cocktails in yacht clubs. But these details are all up for examination, and the class tensions that permeate Cape life are well accounted-for in “Moxie.” David comes from money; Alex does not. Both of them are Chinese-American in a region famous for its stifling WASPyness. Cape Cod is home, but it is not paradise.
The genre meat of the story—the race itself—is meticulously researched and depicted. I don’t know much about sailing, but going by “Moxie,” it’s serious business. Ms. Wilgus’s last Sockdolager story, “Off Nominal,” was a hard SF novella, and she brings the same rigor and attention to detail that was so evident in that story to “Moxie,” whose substance is so quiet and human-scale, it seems easy. Rest assured that it is anything but.
As always, you can buy this delightful piece and its companions right now.
Wait, so you reblogged some of the pictures of snow at Bryn Mawr--did you go to Bryn Mawr??
I did not, but I lived very near there for three years, and some of my good friends — most notably motionandrest and futureblouse — are Mawrters. Beautiful campus, isn’t it?
Have a poorly cropped summary of my art this year! Also known as the year that could be summed up as ‘365 days of October’, because that one picture kinda sums it up.
SOME DATE FUDGING BECAUSE I DID NOT DRAW MUCH AT ALL THIS YEAR, but yes. behold. yosukepocolypse.
My chem professor is crazy enough to not cancel lab today, but I finally got to frolic in the snow :)
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