By V. S. Naipaul
Within the culture of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his personal in Among the Believers, A flip within the South, his first publication concerning the usa, is a revealing, anxious, elegiac e-book in regards to the American South—from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.
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This claustrophobic store is full of leather: on side racks, on overhead racks, on floor-to-ceiling racks. Unlike Arivel, where the quality is consistently high, Rita’s has a range of skins, so if you don’t know which is which, you might get burned. But this is where I found my shearling. There it was, hanging down from one of the overhead racks: a buttery blond creamsicle of a coat, just knee-length, a pants coat or a short-skirt coat—definitely not a coat to be worn with longer skirts. What sold me on this coat?
The problem with them, as I found out a while back, is that most of them give only the cheap stuff—not the cheap good stuff. So one guide might have an extensive listing of cheesy boutiques on 14th Street, plus a variety of discount stores and by-the-hour flophouses. But what millionaire would be caught shopping there? Or staying there? And yes, the book might tell you that at a particular store, you can find a man’s sport jacket by a famous designer, but the book doesn’t tell you that (a) it’s purple-and-orange plaid or (b) it’s only in size 38 Short or (c) it’s the same price as it would be at a fancy store on sale.
It was the finest shearling I’ve seen—with the exception of my friend Carol’s champagne-colored shearling wisp of a coat she purchased in Henri Bendel—for a mere $5,500. But mine was a dream. The only obstacle was the price: $1,595—well worth double that, of course, but I had learned my lesson. I sadly handed it back to the lady, after giving her a brief, tragic, pleading look. “Twelve hundred,” she offered. “Eight hundred,” I shot back. “Oh, nooooo …” she said, and renewed her sales pitch about Versace.