Monday, September 12, 2011

A cat's life

I've been working from home quite a bit over the last month, for various reasons. As with any situation, it has its pros and cons. The drawback that most perturbs me is the paranoid feeling that the second I leave my post — whether the chosen premium location of the day be the bed, the sofa, or the kitchen table — I am usurped.


The feline section of this article on Literary Pets is slight, but I am delighted to learn that Alexandre Dumas had a cat who "each day greeted him in the street as he returned from work." I had a cat who used to do that.


I'm currently reading The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje. It is enchanting, like your grandfather recounting his childhood adventures (or so I imagine). "What is interesting and important happens mostly in secret, in places where there is no power."


Stefanie said...

It looks to me like your cat is only trying to help you out, pick up the typing where you left off :)

Cipriano said...


Wow! I want to pick him/her up and just canoodle it.
You know -- I've read several of his books and they have yet to strike a real resonant chord with me. I'm not sure why.
Speaking of Ondaatje -- I actually think that would be an excellent name for a gorgeous cat!

Top Alaska Fishing Lodge, recommended said...

Ondaatje writes wonderfully entertaining stories and this book is loaded with them. Among the myriad of interesting people and curious events are some serious thoughts about what makes a life....and why the cat's table is always the best place to be.