When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me?

When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me?

Montaigne and Being in Touch With Life

Book - 2011
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"When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep. And when I
am walking alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts
are sometimes preoccupied elsewhere, the rest of the time I
bring them back to the walk, to the orchard, to the sweetness
of this solitude, and to me."
-- Montaigne
In the year 1570, at the age of thirty-seven, Michel de Montaigne gave up his job as a magistrate and retired to his château to brood on his own private grief--the deaths of his best friend, his father, his brother, and his firstborn child. On the ceiling of his library he inscribed a phrase from the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius: "There is no new pleasure to be gained by living longer."
But finding his mind agitated rather than settled by this idleness, Montaigne began to write, giving birth to the Essays --short prose explorations of an amazingly wide range of subjects. And gradually, over the course of his writing, Montaigne rejected his stoical pessimism and turned from a philosophy of death to a philosophy of life. He erased Lucretius's melancholy fatalism and began to embrace the exuberant vitality of living, finding an antidote to death in the most unlikely places--the touch of a hand, the smell of his doublet, the playfulness of his cat, and the flavor of his wine.
Saul Frampton offers a celebration of perhaps the most enjoyable and yet profound of all Renaissance writers, whose essays went on to have a huge impact on figures as diverse as Shakespeare, Emerson, and Orson Welles, and whose thoughts, even today, offer a guide and unprecedented insight into the simple matter of being alive.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780375424717
Branch Call Number: 844.3 Monta-F 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 300 p. :,ill., map


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o, but you should know that she is, isn't that obvious.? this could be called a manual on the art of living life from a skewed perspective, which i had to terminate reading on accounts of being jealous of the life the philosopher lived. He still stands as the most readable eminent writer from antiquity. He seems to naturally see things the way common folk do, or did. One might well go on from this book about the writer to the writer's writing themselves. Fortunately, kcls has many editions available to us. One could also read Frampton's book alone,and gain much from doing so. Do i sound relentlessly positive about it? Aren't some cats that way? Nothing fazes them, while i know a cat who stays at the bottom of the stairs, implicitly threatening to run up them, and hide underneath the bed---at the slightest provocation, which means the approach of a human to within the bounds of her territorial existence. i thought i perceived enjoyment of a game of tag i thought we were playing, downstairs, i playing a frankenstein's monster, and making that kind of sound, moving so slowly, but i guess she was playing "for real," so i got in trouble for it. See you soon.

Jul 24, 2011

a thoughtful and erudite evocation of a great and inspiring writer, somewhat marred however by the unusually high number of editing errors, to the publisher's shame

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