Human Parts
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Human Parts

My Journey Into the Dark Heart of Retail

On cultural appropriation and boxy tank tops at The Limited

Illustration: Clémence Gouy

At 16, I believed I had a remarkable gift for retail. Hope, my manager at The Limited, thought otherwise.

“Why didn’t that customer buy the shell?” Hope asked one day, after she saw me returning the stiff, boxy tank top to the rack. “I thought she loved it?”




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Nicole Peeler

Nicole Peeler

Novelist and essayist. Director of the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. Find out more at

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