The Forrest Gump of Cats . . .

is Svetlana Petrova’s Zarathustra, who deliciously crashes many iconic works of art. The Russian artist tells the story of the collection:

I lost my mother in 2008 and she left me Zarathustra. I got horrible depression after her death and for two years I was unable to do something creative . . . I’ve had cats before and included them in my work, like playing in theatre shows and I’ve made costumes for them. But I thought, ‘What can I do with Zarathustra, because my mother spoilt him and he’s so fat’.

The explosion of creativity that followed is truly prodigious: while the sampling above is wonderful, you ain’t seen nothin’ till you’ve gone to the artist’s website. Zarathustra is indeed a bountiful Muse. Merchandise and prints will be available soon and I will shamelessly promote them to atone for my unauthorized use of my favorite of the images as a banner for Purr View.

Mea culpa: I have cast this site adrift, sucked into the vacuous energy sink of Facebook. I have long aspired to make Purr View a prominence from which to view all the wonderful cat stuff that parades by—those videos and photos and cartoons that are so lamentably ephemeral on FB. I have allowed myself to be deterred by the minimal amount of time and effort that would take. Shame on me! No more! Zarathustra has electrified me. I’ll begin today to do some remedial posting from my FB archives.

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