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Gripped with panic about the state of the economy, writer Mike Albo nevertheless tries to go shopping this week for the Times. He drops into the new Rag & Bone boutique in the West Village, and finds a lot to like. "I was particularly enamored by the selection of outerwear. Maybe this was because, deep down, I am preparing for a long winter tramping around outside, hitching on railroad cars and eating out of tin cans in my new career as a professional hobo." [NYT]