Authors and Cats
How could I miss World Cat Day? But I almost did! I’ve absolutely no idea why my cats were letting me overlook it. They probably meant to let me know at some point between their after lunch nap and their mid-afternoon nap. If not, then before their pre-dinner nap.
There have been many wonderful feline characters in books and film. (Forgive me for including Lilith, the calico from Atonement, Tennessee in that.) Also, many great authors were cat people. Whether you are a writer or a reader, I hope you will enjoy seeing a few of them.
Joyce Carol Oates — “I write so much because my cat sits on my lap. She purrs so I don’t want to get up. She’s so much more calming than my husband.”
Jean Cocteau — “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
Neil Gaiman — “I’m going to have a much harder time one day, months or even years from now, explaining why I miss the meanest, grumpiest and most dangerous cat I’ve ever encountered.”
Ernest Hemingway — “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
Jack Kerouac — “Holding up my purring cat to the moon I sighed.” – American Haiku, 1959
Stephen King — “It might be that the biggest division in the world isn’t men and women but folks who like cats and folks who like dogs.”
Margaret Mitchell — “Nothing but the sight of blood upon his dark face would ease the pain in her heart. She lunged for him, swift as a cat, but with a light startled movement, he sidestepped, throwing up his arm to ward her off. She was standing on the edge of the freshly waxed top step, and as her arm with the whole weight of her body behind it, struck his out-thrust arm, she lost her balance. She made a wild clutch for the newel post and missed it. She went down the stairs backwards, feeling a sickening dart of pain in her ribs as she landed. And, too dazed to catch herself she rolled over and over to the bottom of the flight.” ― Gone with the Wind
And last but not least…
Mark Twain — “While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.”
Aspen, Crystal, and I wish you a happy World Cat Day!