Marginalia, no.172

Today I want to try a bit of everything.

~ The Lion

My good friend W and I were cornered by this particular lion in a dream I had last week. The above was the lion’s reply after we asked if it wouldn’t rather eat an antelope or wildebeest. There’s a children’s book called The Tawny Scrawny Lion about another hungry cat. He blames his troubles on the forest animals that keep running away from him. ‘If I didn’t have to chase you all the time, I wouldn’t be so hungry and you would live longer,’ he says. It’s no use trying to preach moderation to a lion. Boundless appetite is self-defeating, you want to tell him, but how do you draw a picture of a lion that’s swallowed itself?


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