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    Ten topical literary Halloween costumes for 2021.

    Jessie Gaynor

    October 14, 2021, 12:30pm

    1. Supply Chain Issues
    Drape yourself in paper chains and take a really, really long time to respond to questions.

    2. Woke Franzen
    Dark rimmed glasses, button-down, binoculars for bird-watching, good opinions.

    3. Group Chat Subpoena
    Absolutely destroy the party by demanding to see everyone’s pettiest group texts. (Couples costume.)

    4. Joyce Carol Oates’ Twitter
    Wear cat ears. Show skeletons the appropriate level of respect.

    5. The Spine Collector
    Hamburglar costume but replace the burgers with books.

    6. Cat Person Person
    Print a picture of yourself onto a tiny T-shirt. Wrestle a cat into the tiny T-shirt. Take a picture of the cat wearing the tiny T-shirt. Put the picture of a cat in the tiny T-shirt printed with a picture of you onto a larger T-shirt. Wear the larger T-shirt. This is literary fiction.

    7. Emotional BookTok Teen
    Copy of Circe, low-rise jeans(!), tear tracks through heavy self-tanner contour.

    8. Air Mail x Sally Rooney Coffee Cart
    Sit in a cardboard box painted blue and yellow and distribute coffee, bucket hats, and Marxism.

    9. Zombie Discourse
    Dress like a zombie, but instead of saying “braaaaaaains,” alternate between “MFAs should really make a point of teaching students about the professional aspects of writing” and “Lolita would never be published today.” But you know, in a zombie voice.

    10. Sexy autofiction
    Short, tight, wan little husk.

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