8.12.2010


It was about 4 years ago, we had been up to LA to see an exhibit at the Hammer Museum showing modern American works. On the drive home Ben was musing about what an odd, avant garde name Man Ray was, especially for the time that he lived; was it a self given name? When we got home we did some research (thanks, wikipedia). He was born Emmanuel Radnitzky, the family later changing their surname to Ray to avoid discrimination as immigrants. At this time the artist, who was usually referred to by his nickname Manny, started going by Man.


The next day we were on the front porch spending time with the two neighborhood strays that we were slowly but surely on their way to moving in with us. What shall we call him? He is so, stunning. And sleek. But also at times a clumsy dork. And so we named him Manray (or Mannie when he was being silly) and his sister (mother? lover?) who was not with us long, who stayed unthinkably thin, Twiggy.

11 comments:

  1. love a good kitty story, and love a good artist story. it's a two fer!

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  2. 'Manray" is easily one of the top three pet names i've ever heard. when i first started reading your blog and realized your kitty's name, i thought, "this girl knows what's up!".

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  3. This is a great post. Lovely!
    Your shot looks fitting with the Man Ray image above.

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  4. she was so lovely. thank goodness manny has other ladies to take care of him for her.

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  5. This is all kinds of wonderful.

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  7. I love the photo of the two kitties! It is beautiful and very manray like. i am sorry that twiggy was not able to stay with you longer...

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  8. @celia what are the other two???

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  9. All kinds of beautiful. I'm not a cat person but it made me go "awwwwwwwwwwwwwww." Happy Weekend to you , wherever you are!

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