1942. USA. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. With Simone Simon, Kent Smith. 73 min.
In this twisted fable about the caging of female sexuality, a woman with a fascination for large felines meets a well-to-do fella, falls in love, and gets married. Yet as the two find trouble consummating their nuptials, hubby’s eyes wander and the new bride shows signs that she might actually be a mystical cat-human hybrid…on the prowl for blood.
When I first heard about Neko Atsume, I didn’t understand the obsession over it. But now it controls me. I care so much about these damn electronic cats, but you know what??? It’s okay, because it’s low-maintenance and the perfect way to procrastinate.
Neko Atsume is an app available for iPhone and Android (equality!!!) and the premise is literally to “collect” cats. You fill up a little food bowl, close the app, and later, when you re-open it, a few cats will be kickin’ it in your virtual yard. You also have the option of taking pictures of them, and adding it to their individual photo albums. They all have cute names and personalities. One of my favorites is Pickles, who is described as “faint-hearted” and has a power level of zero. What does that even mean? Who knows. It’s just so god damned cute. Whenever I’m stuck during an essay, I’ll open the app up and be greeted by a kitten taking a nap in a box, and suddenly everything feels okay. I recommend everyone to do the same.
Wesleyan has long been known for its experimental music, most notably through our affliation with John Cage. This Saturday, the University Orchestra, under the direction of Nadya Potemkina, continued this trend with an inter-species piece, “CATcerto.”
You might not be as familiar with the world of non-lolcat photography, or what some people call Professional Cat Photography. Emily Moody ’15 showed me this article while we were studying in an empty classroom in Fisk, so you know it’s a bona fide procrastination destination. At first I thought it was some comedic genius on par with one of the funniest movies of all time, Best In Show. I was mistaken. This is the real deal, folks. There is a company called Chanan (less fun than Chana, but perhaps more absurd), comprised of a husband and wife team who professionally photograph cats.
Above you’ll find a brand new video interview with Griffin Gallati ’15, fictional ten-year-old astronomy and music major who holds several jobs on campus and is reported to be “one of Wesleyan’s more unique students.” Subtly nestled into Wesleyan’s homepage yesterday, it was a valiant effort—and clearly took an admirable amount of work on the part of whomever Wesleyan pays to feed into student narcissism every weekday with a video camera—but let’s just say Oberlin wins this round, probably forever. Presenting the Oberlin (err, Meowberlin) homepage, as it appeared yesterday, April 1:
No, this isn’t that Argus Information & Advisory Services, LLC thing you keep getting emails about from the Career Center. Olivia Horton ’14writes:
Come chat with the editors of The Argus and learn how to get involved with the oldest bi-weekly college newspaper in the country. If you’re interested in writing, photography, copy editing, or layout, get at us. If your lofty journalistic aspirations aren’t enough motivation, we’ll also have snacks.
Date: Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27 Time: 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively Place: 41 Wyllys Room 114, Argus office (above Broad Street Books) respectively Cost: Monday and Thursday nights for all of eternity
Louis Wain loved cats. He built a career on amusing pictures of anthropomorphized cats (proof that cats were funny long before the internet). In the words of H. G. Wells, “He has made the cat his own. He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world. English cats that do not look and live like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves.”
Progressions of Louis Wain cats have been used to illustrate psychology text books as a visual record of deteriorating mental health, but maybe it’s too simple to say that the dude went crazy and that’s why he drew such freaky shit. People have questioned the chronology of the drawings: did the change in style really progress in time with the onset of schizophrenia? Maybe he was just experimenting?
This week in #wtf: on Monday, a “pre-loved” kitty condo appeared in the middle of College Row, its position revealing little as to what building it could have come from or why it was moved outside. Kari Weil, Professor of Letters, has been spotted struggling to walk a large dog around campus, but does President Roth have a secret pet cat? Was it put there as a protest in favor of allowing pets on campus—perhaps by the disenfranchised animals themselves? Might it be a teaser for the Kitty Prydeshow that’s apparently coming up next week?
Who knows, but the next day it was turned over on its side, and today it’s gone, just as suddenly as it arrived.