There are few things that can unite people with starkly different backgrounds and views on the world. One of these things, it turns out, is cats. While Ernest Hemingway had his famous six-toed cats and Jack Kerouac opined over the death of his kitten Tyke, novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, famous for her championing of the objectivist movement, kept quiet about her love for cats -- until now, that is.
The Toast stumbled across this when looking through a book of Rand's letters:
Dear Miss Smith,
You ask whether I own cats or simply enjoy them, or both. The answer is: both. I love cats in general and own two in particular.
You ask: "We are assuming that you have an interest in cats, or was your subscription strictly objective?" My subscription was strictly objective because I have an interest in cats. I can demonstrate objectively that cats are of a great value, and the carter issue of Cat Fancy magazine can serve as part of the evidence. ("Objective" does not mean "disinterested" or indifferent; it means corresponding to the facts of reality and applies both to knowledge and to values.)
I subscribed to Cat Fancy primarily for the sake of the picture, and found the charter issue very interesting and enjoyable.