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October 11, 2005



Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you're feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you'll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is. There's nothing to get excited about. They just know. They're saviors. The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have 1,000 cats and live forever....

Charles Bukowski,
Sunlight Here I Am

We don't have 1,000 cats, but we do live with Miso, who has made us smile a thousand different ways.

In addition to rereading interviews with Bukowski, I've been reading some other nonfiction: The Adding Machine (WSB), The Job (WSB), The Tenacity of the Cockroach, Media Control, Everything You Know Is Wrong, The Men Who Robbed Brinks, and Shelter.

I like Burroughs (WSB) because of his attention to dreams and "coincidence." He also has some very trippy ideas about manipulating recorded sound and imagery. And of course, he was a cat lover, too.