By Peter Trachtenberg
From “a real American Dostoevsky” (The Washington Post): a blinding, humorous, bittersweet exploration of the mysteries of dating, either human and animal.
When his favourite cat Biscuit is going lacking, Peter Trachtenberg units out to discover her. the adventure takes him seven hundred miles and plenty of years into his past-- into the historical past of his relationships with cats and the background of his dating along with his spouse F., who may perhaps herself be at the verge of disappearing. What ensues is a piece that remembers commute narratives from The remarkable trip to W. G. Sebald’s The earrings of Saturn. Trachtenberg ponders the mysteries of pussycat intelligence (why do cats ranking worse on a few checks than pigeons?), the origins in their domestication, their poor remedy in the course of the heart a while. He additionally appears on the riddle of why any people loves whom we like and all of the unexpected areas to which that devotion leads us.
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My dreams were psychic inﬂammations that healed the most sensitive festerings of my sadness by offering me images that I could tolerate interpreting and analyzing. Words can be dreams and they can be fairy songs. They can make a wish come true. Words can be commitments. Wallace commits himself in words with passionate questions and assertions, even though we know that for the most part he keeps his cards close to his chest. Me and Wallace, we can be calm and bothersome, quiet yet impertinent. Here I feel my words ﬂowing like hot fudge over vanilla ice cream.
The Aztec army ate chocolate as war rations; chocolate was a metaphor of sensuality and luxuriousness for the Aztec; and they and the Maya added the dried and ground powder of chili peppers to their chocolate drinks, creating chilcacahuatl, which, unlike our cocoa, was cool. The Aztec spiced their chocolate with various powdered ﬂower petals. In The True History of Chocolate, by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe, we learn that the Aztec poet-king of Texcoco, Nezahualcoatl, called chocolate “ﬂower of the cacao tree” in one of his songs.
Human history, family history, as writ huge in the history of art or the history of Assyrian Empire and as writ smaller and perhaps more quirkily in the history of lipstick and the history of a latest love affair: I love all of these histories, but they lead me into speculations and questions about reality. If I’d let them, they could all cause me insomnia, all lure my unconscious to create the dark circles under my eyes that, over the last few years of my parents’ lives, I attributed to my trauma over their imminent deaths.