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A Thought for Your Penneys

by James Lileks

The local Penneys store is closing. Or is it JCPenney? Or J. C. Penney’s? They’re all fine. You say “Penneys store” and almost anyone knows what you mean: a venerable brand that’s dissolving before our eyes like a sugar cube in a hot cup of water.

The water, by the way, was heated with a kettle bought on Amazon.

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