Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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This book is the cat’s pajamas!

CC gave me a couple of books for my birthday earlier this week – both on the subject of cats. The one I want to focus on today is a fun little volume titled Catnip – Artful Felines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rather than going to the trouble of composing a description of this book, allow me to quote from the dust jacket:

”In this book, feline masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art are paired with words by some of history’s great writers and humorists, including Mark Twain, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, and Emily Dickinson…”

I know it sounds pretty tame, and it is, but it possesses considerable charm. I will not reproduce any of the painted or drawn artworks here, but I do want to present a few choice quotes:

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
— Leonardo da Vinci

One cat just leads to another.
— Ernest Hemingway

I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.
— Marie Corelli, English, 1855-1924

I guess a cat is sort of like a poem. A cat is relatively short. A cat is only subtly demonstrative. To be sure, you can curl up with a good cat, but that doesn’t mean you understand the cat. A dog is like Dickens.
— Roy Blount, Jr., American, b. 1941

. . . and there’s a lot more where that came from! I hope you found that as diverting as I did.

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