Ep. 1.1: William James, Linden, & Peregrine (ft. Choire Sicha)


In This Episode

  • Actual New York Times Cat Headline or Fake News?

  • Cat-themed clothing: Is it ever fashionable? The answer may or may not surprise you, but in the end, Choire realizes he’s Anne Hathaway!

  • Perry has litter box problems because of her origins on the mean streets of Miami Beach.

  • William James’ unfortunate run-in with a paper bag.

  • The Choire Sicha method of training cats (trademark, book, and national tour pending).

  • Cat obituaries and why they matter. Note: Here’s an archived copy of The Last Photograph of Cat.

  • Choire reflects on the mid-aughts internet and why “just pee on it” is great advice.

  • Episode transcript

Choire Sicha

Choire is one of the internet’s foremost cat gentlemen. He co-founded The Awl, which was regarded by many as the only good website. He’s also the author of Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City, which I think would be an interesting thing to read (or re-read) now, as it will hurtle you back to a very specific post-crash, pre-Instagram New York, and the lives of young gay men trying to make sense of it. These days Choire is the editor of The New York Times Styles section, and also an occasional advice columnist. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram!

Mary Phillips-Sandy