Ronroneando

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Every hero has a back story and el Gato's begins with Miles, who as a young cat used to go precisely by that name. El Gato. It took only one leap of the imagination to go from jazzman to actual feline, a hepcat who blew no horn but sauntered in and out of rooms where horns were blown, ivories were tickled, strings were plucked and skins were slapped. Yeah, el Gato was a night animal.

Or used to be. El Gato, the hero of our story not the late jazzman, was no longer young, he was no longer hale. Time and the bell had buried the day and the night, to riff on another tom. And his tomcatting days were over. Oh, how he used to ronronear, el Gato purred and pondered, now that he was far from the barrio corners of his earlier times, slipping in and out of clubs where the gatos bodegueros were getting the groove.

But el Gato was not just one more hepcat. He was a literary cat. He read. He wrote. Cats had a thing with writers.

 Like Borges.   

Like Borges.

 

 Artists too. Like Frida.

Artists too. Like Frida.

 But mostly writers. Like Guillermo Cabrera Infante.  Ah, but with Guillermito  se complica la cosa . That "English writer who wrote in Spanish", as GCI used to say, had two most ardent readers. One was el Gato. The other was la gatita mística    y magnética. " Ese muchacho no sabe en lo que se ha metido ", GCI said from the beyond, which is, of course, right here, putting on his straight face of  chino sabelotodo , as el Gato and la gatita mística    y magnética discussed the ins and out (and sideways, mostly sideways) of his books. Over the phone, by email, in bed.  Because  asi son las cosas de la vida , the   issues that arise when you submit your case to a tremendous court. Literary things. Love things. Cat things. What matters. Everything else,  eso   no tiene la menor importancia.

But mostly writers. Like Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

Ah, but with Guillermito se complica la cosa. That "English writer who wrote in Spanish", as GCI used to say, had two most ardent readers. One was el Gato. The other was la gatita mística  y magnética. "Ese muchacho no sabe en lo que se ha metido", GCI said from the beyond, which is, of course, right here, putting on his straight face of chino sabelotodo, as el Gato and la gatita mística  y magnética discussed the ins and out (and sideways, mostly sideways) of his books. Over the phone, by email, in bed.

Because asi son las cosas de la vida, the issues that arise when you submit your case to a tremendous court. Literary things. Love things. Cat things. What matters. Everything else, eso no tiene la menor importancia.

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