PRINT Summer 1983



To the Editor:

I can almost understand why Thomas McEvilley, in his piece on Diogenes, “The Dog” [“Diogenes of Sinope (ca. 410–ca. 320 B.c.): Selected Performance Pieces,” March 1983], should have “changed Schopenhauer’s exemplum from a cat to a dog.” I say almost because where, in the passage in question, Schopenhauer goes on to speak of being “engrossed in the contemplation of these higher vertebrates,” and of their “unfathomable inner being” (shades of Kandinsky!), he is incontestably describing the cat, and to a T, too, I might add (The World as Will and Representation, trans. Payne). Besides, on Schopenhauer’s very next page there is a dog mention anyway, making much the same point, if, as one might have guessed, more crudely. Of course, I write as a “cat person,” and if necessary in the name of Cat Power, on behalf of Huysmans, Puschen, Ernestine, Oskar, and Sophie, who have done

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