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Dear Scott,

here’s the pesky email I’d promised. I hope all’s lovely with you, and the
preparations for China are ballooning along bonnily. I don’t even know if
you have lots of things to prepare for that show, I presume you do but
maybe it’s all the same clothes as the last show? I’m clueless. Clearly:
no clue. Which is this why this:

As we briefly chatted about, the characters in my stories have never had
any of their clothing described, and, since you’re an inferno of astonishing
style and a real-life, globe trotting fashion designer, I thought you might
quickly scribble something they could all be wearing. I won’t mention it in
the stories, but it’ll be understood that everyone I’ve written about so far,
and everyone I’ll write about in the future will be wearing these clothes. I
think one outfit will be enough, but it doesn’t need to be unisex, it’s
completely up to you. It could be something as simple as:

No shoes, no socks, no underwear, green jeans, white, slightly damp Garfield t-shirt.

I don’t want you to feel like it has to be some vast description, it’s
completely up to you what goes on. It doesn’t have to be funny, or serious,
or tasteful, or elegant or anything. Maybe just the first thing that pops up
in your head would be best. The main thing is, I don’t want this to be a
nightmare for you.

If I ever have my work made into a film, this clothing will be used. The only
time I’ll deviate from the clothes you pick is if I specifically need a certain type
of sock or vest or whatever to make the narrative work. Stories set deep into
the future or past will still have your choice.

To "unveil" this clothing thing I’ll just put this email on my website, word for word,
and your response, if that's ok with you. (don't worry I won't put your email
address on!) I think that's the best way to do it.

Cheerio, and huge thanks!

Michael












 
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