November 7, 2020

Jack Reacher loves milsurp

Reacher had very few civilian clothes, and some of them weren’t really civilian. His off-duty pants were Marine Corps khakis about thirty years old. He knew a guy who knew a guy who worked in a warehouse, where he claimed there was a bale of old stuff wrongly delivered back when LBJ was still president, and then never squared away again afterwards. And apparently the point of the story was that old Marine pants looked just like new Ralph Lauren pants. Not that Reacher cared what pants looked like.”

Night School: (Jack Reacher 21) by Lee Child

The Reacher books are my guilty pleasure. There’s a lot of doth-protest-too-much in how Reacher approaches the world. He doesn’t care about clothes, but he pays an inordinate amount of attention to clothes. Not in the otaku way that Gibsonian characters do. He just notices.


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