You know: in a foolish, undiscriminating way, I've been happy these last few months. I don't know why. I just am. I love my friends; I love my pupils; I love what I read; I -- dammit -- love my thoughts. I love the taste of oranges.
Thornton Wilder in a letter to Gertrude Stein, Aug 14, 1936

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Black Cat (Hino Horror, Book 6) (Hino Horror)Black Cat (Hino Horror, Book 6) by Hideshi Hino
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Hino's suavest narrator. A black cat, left behind when families adopt his adorable white and calico brothers, sets out to study human beings He finds several grotesque examples, the most striking among them a violent and profane elderly couple whose antipathy extends beyond the grave. At the end the black cat ponders "Human beings. What are they really?" For a Hino manga, there is a surprising absence of maggots and rotting corpses.

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