The gratitude of the Visiting Kitten: a thank you

All you cat lovers, remember all the millions of cats mewling through the world’s rooms lay all their hopes and trust in you, as the little mother cat at the Stone House laid her head in my hand, as Calico Jane put her babies in my suitcase, as Fletch jumped into James’s arms and Ruski rushed towards me chittering with joy. William S. Burroughs, The … Continue reading The gratitude of the Visiting Kitten: a thank you

“I Am a Cat”

Well, I’m not, as a matter of fact, a cat but I have recently been reading a book with that title by the Japanese author, Natsume S?seki, written at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Originally published in ten instalments in the literary magazine Hototogisu between 1905 and 1906, I Am a Cat is a satire on upper-middle-class Japanese society during the Meiji era, portrayed … Continue reading “I Am a Cat”

The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city

The text in the subject of this post is by Italo Calvino, one of my favourite writers. Why that as the subject? Well, as some of you will know, we have two cats, Bob & Hamish, who’ve lived here since last Summer. These two brothers are by turns acrobatic, majestic, proud, frustrating, adorable, confusing, confused, unreasonably clever, unfeasibly stupid and constantly surprising. And I’ve grown … Continue reading The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city