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This Cat Is Clearly Illiterate

July 1, 2013 | by


What makes this so compelling is that the cat is really poring over the text.

CORRECTION: The cat’s owner has written in to inform us that not only is Boris literate, he is reading Tennyson!




  1. NSH | July 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    You might even say it’s purring.

  2. Apionid | July 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for showing my cat Boris, I thought I’d stick my head above the parapet and claim responsibility. I imagine his reading material is not highbrow enough for the Paris Review but we aren’t really intellectual here. His lips move when he reads too. I have many more pictures of him on my flickr stream but if you aren’t a cat fan, I don’t recommend it.

  3. Sadie Stein | July 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Apionid, thank you! We should amend the title! What is he reading here?!

  4. Apionid | July 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Hi Sadie. The book is an elderly Oxford edition of Tennyson, not really his preferred reading material but he was humouring me. The line he happened to be reading:

    ‘Men hated learned women; but we three
    Sat muffled like the Fates;…’


  5. Magnus | July 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

  6. Sadie Stein | July 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    @Apionid: post amended to reflect this information 😉

  7. Magnus | July 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm


    Any chance this critter can make it into the Paris Review cat gallery?

    In this photo he is reading his favorite passage passage, which begins: “Wake? How did one do it? Was it even advisable?”

    His name is Cricket and presently he is also reading Thomas Williams’s “The Hair of Harold Roux” and, just for chuckles, “Masters of Atlantis” by Charles Portis.

    Magnus Mills (but not the writer Magnus Mills)

    P.S. A day doesn’t go by we don’t read the PR Daily blog.

  8. Magnus | July 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

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