Dirty Rags by Stick

Dirty-Rags-By-Stick-min

When Montreal author Stick (aka Jon Reisler) published his first collection of engrossing short stories My Dirty Clothes, I realized how dog-eat-dog the garment (or schmatta) industry in this city could be (I spent three summers during my high school years working at Reitman’s warehouse on Sauve Street), but I never realized it was THIS dog-eat-dog.

And now with his new collection Dirty Rags, he takes us even further down the murky, intensely competitive world of the fashion industry around the globe, and these tales, which has to be somewhat based on actual experiences in the needle trade, are just as luridly entertaining.

From garmentos (salesmen) trying to survive selling their respective clothing lines from customer to customer, to cut throat clothing label owners, to the modern day sweatshops of India and Latin America, to the glamourous world of sales conferences and fashion week shows and parties, practically every aspect of the needle trade is focused in unabashed, profane and ironic prose.

Some of my favourite stories in the collection include Chicken Shack, in which a travelling garmento’s fondness for Indian cuisine brings him to a southern India chicken shack, where his weakness for the local fare, and his aversion to stray dogs hanging around the shack, leads to a rather bizarre gastronomic end; Hymie the Handicap, about a garmento who spends more time playing golf than selling his clothing lines; Bastards, a searing indictment of corporate indifference when a fashion label’s factory in Bangladesh collapses and kills over 1000 workers; and Star-Crossed Lovers, a love story between two fashion salespeople who meet at a trade show, fall in love, and end up as the garment trade’s answer to Romeo and Juliet.

Dirty Rags is a terrific collection of short stories that almost gives a documentary look at how fierce the fashion industry is from manufacturing to selling, and how there is so much competition, rivalries, drama and tragedy behind those designer labels that one likes to wear as a personal statement or status symbol. Hopefully, Stick will have more material (no pun intended) to produce more stories-cum-exposes about how dirty the garment industry can really be. (Sticky AKA Publishing, $26.50)

By: Stuart Nulman – [email protected]
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email
Is it possible to get an A for a 5-paragraph essay assignment in 1 hour? We can safely say yes, a student can get an A+ mark if he turns to EduJungles


staycation

The ultimate guide to planning a long family staycation in Canada

To guarantee that everyone has an amazing time, careful planning is necessary when organizing a lengthy staycation. Here’s the ultimate guide to planning your family staycation in Canada. Canada, with its vast landscapes, diverse cities, and rich cultural heritage, offers endless possibilities for a memorable family staycation. Whether you’re exploring the stunning natural beauty of

Meal kits

Cost vs. Convenience: Analyzing meal kits and traditional cooking

In this modern world and modern times, convenience often takes priority over cost, especially when it comes to food. Meal kits and traditional cooking represent two different approaches to home dining, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. Analyzing these methods through the lens of cost and convenience provides insight into why individuals might

Condo renovations

Condo renovations Dos and Don’ts: Expert Tips for a Successful Project

Embarking on a condo renovations journey can be both exhilarating and daunting. Imagine transforming your living space into a stylish haven that reflects your personality and meets your needs. While exciting, the process can be full of challenges and unforeseen hiccups. That’s why we’ve gathered some condo renovation dos and don’ts from the experts to

Terrific Hair

Terrific Hair Means Tamanu – Earth to Body

Curly, straight, thick, thin, kinky or silky, tamanu loves and makes terrific Hair.  And scalps. Nutritionally dense yet gentle, tamanu is an effective and versatile nut oil. It stimulates, helps promote growth. prevents hair loss, reduces scalp itch and irritations and adds a natural sheen! Make tamanu a part of your hair and scalp care

Understanding the 4 legal process after a DUI Crash

A single mistake can have serious consequences, especially when driving under the influence. The aftermath of a DUI crash extends beyond physical harm and property damage. It involves a complex legal process that may feel overwhelming. As a responsible citizen, it’s vital to grasp the legal system and your rights in such situations. This blog

personal injury lawyer

Pedestrian accident: How a personal injury lawyer can help you

Accidents involving pedestrians can be life-altering. You could be walking down the street or crossing a street. A vehicle’s sudden impact can change everything right away. If you’ve found yourself in such a situation, you might be wondering how to move forward. This is where a personal injury lawyer steps in, offering crucial help and

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox