I admit it. I’m a cat lady. Now what I mean by that is I’m writing the “Tails From a Cat Lady” for Rachael Ray’s Nutrish site. The cooking and lifestyle mogul has expanded into pet food. As a passionate animal lover and philanthropist, Ray donates personal proceeds from the pet food sales to no-kill animal shelters around the country for medical care and food.
Since I’ve written about dogs (Firehouse Dog), it seems fitting that I turn my attentions to felines. Lucky for me before I started writing, this sweet little feral cat showed up in the backyard—she adopted us rather than the other way around—and she has been giving me loads of inspiration from which to write these tales. If you’d like to read about the cat adventures of Sarah and her two resident kitties, please check them out.
The Nutrish site also offers helpful wellness and pet adoption advice for cats and dogs. The animal images are crazy cute!
How does one even begin to describe the artistry of Takashi Murakami? Masterful, ebullient, scintillating, sarcastic, historical, technical, profound … words like these don’t seem to do him justice. Lucky for us several of his vast canvases are now on view at the new Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of absorbing Murakami’s world, go now. And make sure to give yourself plenty of time. His paintings are so dense with imagery relating to spirituality, pop and drug culture, and social commentary, you could spend five minutes looking at a tiny corner!
I dare you not be mesmerized by his 82-foot long, In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow. It’s a psychedelic head trip involving Hokusai-like wave patterns, earthquakes, historical figures, and comical crazed animals.
One of my faves is the Hustle’n’Punch By Kaikai And Kiki. Don’t be fooled by its riot of pinky tones and smiley flower faces. Look closer and you’ll see mouths open, revealing gnashing fangs. This is quintessential Murakami social critique. Beneath the bright and sunny lurks the grotesque.
Lastly, I leave you with Of Chinese Lions, Peonies, Skulls, And Fountains. How can you resist cuddly puddles of cats atop a cascade of skulls? I know I can’t.
This month is about giving shout outs to creative New Yorker friends.
Kim Masson, writer, environmental activist and native New Yorker, has recently released her debut novel, Craig’s List Chronicles: byte-size tales. She’ll be giving a reading and signing books Wednesday, May 25th @ 6:30 pm at Margaret Thatcher Projects!
Intrigued by the plaintive, hopeful and often bizarre nature of the Missed Connections ads on Craigslist, Kim wrote a fictitious one just to see if anyone would respond. What ensued became the inspiration for her novel: loads of people emailed, claiming to have seen her faux character on the subway.
“I was shocked when people took my Missed Connection ad seriously,” says Kim. “Especially when it involved a zebra mesh tank top and a gal in a wheelchair wearing golden ballet slippers. It’s amazing what some people are willing to believe.”
After meeting her future husband from a job posting on Craigslist, Kim says,
“That’s when I knew I needed to write a book chronicling all of my strange Craigslist experiences. Some of my encounters were so weird and profound; I had to get them on the page. Craig’s List Chronicles: byte-size tales was born shortly afterwards.”
Told via emails, letters to Craig and classified postings, this keenly observant and funny novel follows the adventures of Kelly Brixi as she searches for love and meaning in the Big Apple right after Y2K. If you’re in the area, check out Kim’s reading and be prepared to laugh out loud.
The book is available now on Amazon.