Under the Steinway. My review of Marco Roth’s The Scientists in the LRB. Subscription or free 24 hour access.
I’ve just had the thought (let’s leave it at that for now) that the phrase ‘A cat can look at a queen’ might refer to the fact that female cats with kittens are called queens. So while a human looking at a queen might cause the cat to feel or behave threatened, a cat can look at a queen without that happening.
This is not only probably wrong, but also a completely pointless and uninteresting thought that I spent one and a half minutes of my life thinking about. When I come to the end of my life, and the list of things I haven’t thought about during my time as an entity scrolls before my eyes, I would not be in the slightest degree disturbed at finding this on the list.
So I am now thinking about the things that will remain on that list which has this morning shortened by one thought thought. I am rather panic-stricken.
A new post by me on the LRB blog. Careless Talk.