Posts Tagged ‘T-shirts’
October 28, 2014 | by Sadie Stein
Or, the hazards of wearing a Paris Review shirt.
While I was shopping for milk, I felt a hand tap my shoulder. It was a lady of perhaps sixty, wearing arty jewelry. “Excuse me,” she said. “I was just wondering … are you from … Paris?” She said the last word with an exaggerated French accent: Par-ee.
I stared at her blankly for a moment. She, in turn, was staring at my breasts. I looked down and realized that I was wearing a Paris Review T-shirt, the dark blue 2013 version that’s modeled on a design from early in the magazine’s life. THE PARIS REVIEW, it says, along with an image of the hadada ibis in its Frisian bonnet.
“Oh, no,” I said apologetically. “No. I’m from here.”
This is not, of course, an uncommon error; as names go, The Paris Review—which denotes a magazine based in New York, one that publishes zero reviews—is among the most misleading out there. I can’t think of another title that’s quite so dishonest. To paraphrase Mary McMarthy’s remark about Lillian Hellman, every word here is a lie, including The. (Okay, maybe not The.)
I was prepared to explain that the American founders had indeed started the magazine in Paris in 1953; that they’d moved to New York in 1973; that upon George Plimpton’s death they’d relocated operations from his Seventy-second Street apartment to an office. I was not going to say—but was thinking—that in any case, in my experience, Parisians don’t tend to advertise their Parisian-ness on their clothing. Or maybe they do; as I’ve stated, I’m not one.
As is so often the case, the clarification resulted in palpable disappointment.
“Oh,” said the woman. “I was going to ask you about baguettes.” She indicated the bakery section.
“You can!” I said. “I think I’ve tried all the breads here, and some are way better than others.”
“No,” she said. “That’s okay. Thanks.” And she walked away.
February 28, 2014 | by Dan Piepenbring
- You won’t BELIEVE February’s dirty, hidden past! “Before we adopted the Latin name for the second month, Old English used much more vibrant names to describe it. The most common Old English name was Solmonath, which literally means ‘mud month.’”
- You won’t BELIEVE what a steady dose of antidepressants and benzodiazepines did to this writer’s creativity!
- You won’t BELIEVE who offered these kind, pizzalicious words about our magazine! “I have every issue of The Paris Review, and I only read them when I feel like I’ve worked really hard and deserve a reward. It’s like New York pizza—hard to find a bad slice.”
- You won’t BELIEVE how far your jaw drops when you look at these eleventh-century illustrations of the Book of Revelation!
- You won’t BELIEVE how this parrot helped solve a crime in India! “Whenever Ashutosh’s name was mentioned, the parrot would start screeching.”
- You won’t BELIEVE how lame this writerly T-shirt is!