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06 March 2015

A Sweet Little Read

For those in love with those of the feline persuasion, you must get Alison Nastasi's new book from Chronicle Books. John Cage is in it (as are Skookum and Losa), but you'll also meet Maya Lin, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Gustav Klint, Henri Matisse, Brian Eno, Ai Weiwei, Jean Cocteau, Patti Smith, Edward Gorey, Frida Kahlo, Diego Giacometti, and many, many others. Each is captured in an image with a furry friend, which combines with a short bit of text, revealing something about the artist's life, work, and, well, relationship to cats. William S. Burroughs' entry closes with an intriguing quote, apparently his last journal entry, written in 1997:

There is no final enough of wisdom, experience -- any fucking thing. No Holy Grail. No Final Satori, no final solution. Just conflict. Only thing can resolve conflict is love, like I felt for Fletch and Ruski, Spooner and Calico.  Pure love. What I feel for my cats present and past. Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is. LOVE.

Laura Kuhn