Favorite Quotes

"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."


from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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The Tale of a Literary Rat

Firmin

Title: Firmin
By: Sam Savage

Firmin is the story of a rat--a literate, philosophical, and, yes, very melancholy rat. He is born, the runt of the litter, in the basement of a Boston bookstore, and from a very early age begins feeding his physical and intellectual hunger with the books that surround him. He lives on the edge of the human world, sometimes envious, sometimes confused, but always lonely and eager to communicate (unfortunately, due to the constraints of rat anatomy he is only able to master one sign language phrase: "Goodbye, zipper"). From the very first page Firmin is an appealing character--and this small but literary book will make you both laugh and cry.

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Posted by fatorangecat on Dec. 23, 2010 at 9:23 a.m.
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