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Claude Lévi-Strauss – when to talk to a cat

September 10, 2014

“… [in] the brief intervals when our species can afford to interrupt its hive-like labour, to capture the essence of what it once was and continues to be, this side of thought and that side of society: in the contemplation of a mineral lovelier than all our works; in the scent, wiser than our books, inhaled from the hollow of a lily; or in the wink laden with patience, serenity and reciprocal pardon, that an involuntary entente occasionally allows one to exchange with a cat.”

(from Tristes tropiques [1955])

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