Friday, October 15, 2010

Required Reading

I won’t give away all of the author’s bons mots—there are so many—but here are a few of my favorite lines from Sloane Crosley’s online opinion piece in yesterday’s New York Times, “Cat People Are People, Too”:

“The upside to cat ownership is proximity to a sense of dignity, intelligence and lack of garish behavior. The downside is that a cat is something hidden, a secret that needs confessing as the doorknob turns. By the way, I’ve been to the doctor and it turns out … I have a cat.”

“Don’t talk about your cat,” a friend of mine said when I told him I was writing this, “People will think you’re crazy.”

“As a woman especially, it takes a little self-bolstering to own a cat and be content with publicly adoring it. Did you ever hear the one about the spinster found dead in her pink bathrobe, surrounded by golden retriever puppies? Me neither.”

Oh, do I ever need to have a long conversation with Ms. Crosley! I’ll show her the way.

Query of the Day: Isn’t garish behavior with our cats acceptable in some etiquette books?

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