Cat people

From the New York Times Book Review, 1/8/23 in print, p. 23:

Sketchbook / Cat People / By Bob Eckstein and Nava Atlas. Famous authors and their beloved feline companions.


From Ursula LeGuin through Patricia Highsmith

Bob Eckstein is a best-selling author and the world’s only snowman expert. His new book is “The Complete Book of Cat Names (That Your Cat Won’t Answer to, Anyway)”.
Nava Atlas is a cookbook author and the creator of Literary Ladies’ Guide.

(You’ll need to embiggen the image to appreciate the pleasures of the text.)

In the land of lost Book Review content. The image above I got from Bob Eckstein’s newsletter. When I went to get a link for the on-line version (which these days is what’s cited as the source location for material published in newspapers), I found that the NYT‘s list of contents for the 1/8/23 issue ended with the book review on p. 22).

I then searched the NYT site for the thing, using Bob’s name, “sketchbook”, “cat people”, the date “January 8, 2023”, and more. Zip. Nada. “Sketchbook” pages are apparently not part of the Book Review, but exist in some land of lost content, which can be viewed, for a day, if you buy the print copy of the Book Review.

I was then pleased that I’d saved the Cat People display from Bob’s newsletter. At that point, I wanted to check what Bob had said about it in the newsletter. Only to discover that I could find no archive of his newsletter messages, nor any place on his (admittedly very complex) homepage where this particular image is available.

That led me to unearth last Sunday’s print Book Review and tear out p. 23, to treasure as a durable record of the thing. Maybe I should have it framed.

One Response to “Cat people”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    Edward Lear’s self-describing poem “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear” includes the line “Old Foss is the name of his cat”, from which one can surmise that the cat was an important part of his life.

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