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.

February 4, 2014

February 4, 1953

February 4, 1953 is the birthday of Peter Trachtenberg.  According to the Google books blurb for him:

Peter Trachtenberg is the author of ....The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning.[2008] His essays, journalism, and short fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, BOMB, TriQuarterly, O, The New York Times Travel Magazine, and A Public Space. His commentaries have been broadcast on NPR'S "All Things Considered." The recipient of a Whiting Writers Fellowship and a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Trachtenburg [stet] was also honored for The Book of Calamities, which was the recipient of the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award "for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity."

Peter Trachtenberg also wrote:  Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons (2012),


Torches: A Novel (1979)
The Casanova Complex: Compulsive Lovers and Their Women (1988)
Seven Tattoos (1998) (memoirs).

Only The Casanova Complex has been widely translated.

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