The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

October 22, 2013

October 22, 1964

The photo below was found on a tumblir blog:  Writers and Kitties

Kitty proofreading Jean Paul Sartre.

The person above is Jean Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905 to April 15, 1980). The important information about the photo has been lost -- the name of that very poised cat. Sartre was awarded the Nobel for literature on October 22, 1964. Sartre declined the prize, and thereby saved the Swedish Academy future embarrassment. For he is already forgotten, and will be well buried in history soon. Pourquoi? An existentialism which asserts that existence precedes essence, that is, that words precede that to which they refer, that man can chose his circumstances, is not absurd, just evidence of a lack of empirical intent on the writer's part. Mauvaise foi, is a fitting description indeed of this writer, only he failed to measure it accurately. In this photograph only the cat's aplomb is not fake. 

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