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While it’s been around since August, I recently stumbled onto an in-depth interview which made me aware of the Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, or OCTPFA. These intrepid pulp readers wander New York sans-tops to promote their goal of “making reading sexy.” It’s an interesting twist for female empowerment: attractive young urbanites going topless whilst reading books with lurid covers that often refer to women as “dames” and “broads.” You’d think this would cause an uproar, or a subdued murmur at least, but reactions have been almost entirely positive. And they’re certainly attracting attention.

Their mission statement:

We’re a group of friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends, and complete strangers, who love good books and sunny days and enjoying both as nearly in the altogether as the law allows. Happily, in New York City, the law allows toplessness by both men and women. So that’s the way we do our al fresco reading. If you’re in New York and the weather’s good, won’t you join us sometime…?

And what do these intrepid ladies read, dare you inquire? Hard Case Crimes. The new ones, which I should note, appear to be large trade-sized instead of mass market paperbacks (huzzah!).

Next, and slightly more recent (e.g. posted today), we have the Hard Case Crime dress. I’m not kidding. Not that I know anything about fashion, but it strikes me as a little weird. And awkward: that skirt has a lot of sharp-looking corners. Like most haute couture, I’m pretty sure it’s meant to be looked at while on a model and not actually worn or anything.