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DODGEVILLE, Wis.-Lands' End asked playwright David Mamet to rhapsodize about the art of relaxing-in chino pants-in a well-received essay in its January catalog.

Now, the cataloger is looking forward to summer with a series of short stories about that most essential of summer togs, shorts. That catalog comes out in July.

The eight short stories, averaging 250 words each, will be written by winners of 1993 short story contests and continue a tradition the catalog company started in 1985, said Lands' End Editorial Director Stan Tymborek.

Previous contributors to Lands' End's catalogs, which average 12 annually, include George Plimpton, Ray Bradbury, William Least Heat Moon, Barbara Kingsolver and poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

Lands' End's mostly print advertising is handled on a project basis.

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