Fiction Fix: Fashion-Inspired Fiction

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The Fiction Fix is your weekly dose of short story. If that’s not your drug of choice, too bad: consider it medicine. Every week, we’ll scour the literary magazines you don’t have time to read, online and in print, and let you know where to find one story worth reading.

Continuing last week’s departure from the formal form of short story, this week’s Fiction Fix is “But Miss Ironbottom, I’m Already Wearing My P.E. Clothes” from new blog J. Cruel. A snottily charming satire of catalog writing, J. Cruel occasionally runs a few paragraphs providing character and narrative to fashion photos from runways and advertising. In this post Miss Ironbottom’s pupil and her offending P.E. outfit come from an American Apparel ad, featuring, according to J. Cruel, a “suspender swimsuit in bicycle-safe, gunpowder-proof silver lamé.” It’s important to rock silver lamé when riding your bike at night; tweed will only get you killed.