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.

June 15, 2017

June 15, 1914

Saul Steinberg, the Romanian born artist, (June 15, 1914 to May 12, 1999) did lots of New Yorker covers, and lots of those had cats on them. I give you September 24, 1979.

Steinberg's periodic depressions got worse as he got older.  The often verbalized concern that if an artist gets treatment he/she might lose their internal artistic resources did not prevent Steinberg from using modern medicine, even electro-shock therapy.  We must not minimize, nor compartmentalize, the pain another feels.  We also cannot expect any other to appreciate the power of focusing on a certain mental edge, which is a description of a brand old mental discipline.  Only the clueless would adopt a more persistent than thou attitude on these issues. The seemingly similar random confluence of events could as well lead one to persevere, as falter. Still, such a discipline, when practiced, protects as well as vivifies.

I like to remember that Henri Cartier-Bresson photographed Saul Steinberg with a cat.

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