Post A Selfie From January 2020, Not Knowing What Was To Come

This pair of black jeans, bought on the run last January, became a lifeline and a lesson.

Alexander Chee
8 min readNov 18, 2020

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My black jeans, a little worn at the knees, laid out flat on a wooden floor.

Last weekend, a friend on Twitter asked, “We’re not all still wearing jeans, are we?” I didn’t know what prompted this on her part — I forgot to ask if she meant, “have we all given up on clothes now?” — but an…

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Alexander Chee

Author of the novels THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT and EDINBURGH, and the essay collection HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL.