The Greatest Used Book in History Continued: October 1988

This is the tenth installment of the infamous diary within a used book that I found hidden among the stacks of an old defunct library.  The building routinely holds events where donated books are sold off, by the grocery bag full, for just a few dollars.  I’d estimate that I paid roughly seven or eight cents for this particular item.  It contains the strange diary of a cat obsessed woman living in 1988.  At the time of this posting, I am currently using the information inside to look for her.  If people continue to become interested in her story, and I eventually locate her, I might try to contact her for an interview or to get a photo together.  Until then, however, I would like to protect that author’s anonymity.

If you would like to enjoy her tale from the very beginning (something I highly recommend) or just want to catch up on some of the earlier entries, please go to The Cat Lover’s Diary.


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57 Responses to The Greatest Used Book in History Continued: October 1988

  1. NecroKitten says:

    I utterly love these entries. One of the best books I have read. I like that dapper gentleman cat there, quite marvelous. Pip pip!

  2. clownonfire says:

    Funny Posky,
    This is my first introduction to that part of your work.
    It’s some of your best, at least, from what I know so far.
    Le Humbled Clown

  3. I love the cat diary. I’m not through reading them all yet, but so far it’s a real gem. How lucky you were to find that book. Thanks for sharing Posky.

  4. Great as usual. Pip pip indeed. I really like the Mexican? cat with the weapon and the cigarette. She may get some yet.

  5. Posky says:

    I think it’s supposed to be a cowboy cat or the “Marlboro cat” or something. It’s hard to know what’s happening inside of that woman’s mind.

  6. Emma says:

    This is amazing in a bizarre, stranger than fiction kind of way. Thanks for visiting my blog, I think I must return another day and begin reading the other nine entries from this Cat Lover’s Diary :)

  7. asoulwalker says:

    I didn’t think I would cry reading this… and then she mentioned Phil Hartman…

  8. ok, that’s enough. “I thought it would be really neat to just store data in a big cloud or something, but I know that’s impossible and basically magic…” – I was a bit suspicious throughout the entire thing, but this does it – I am pretty sure this is not from 1988. or, the woman is a genious visionary and “technology repair department” is at Apple or something.

    • Adrianna F says:

      I was thinking the SAME THING!!!! Seems a little too psychic, right? LMAO!!

    • Posky says:

      I don’t think she invented cloud technology in 1988. I think she was just imagining a potential future where you could sore more thank 16K on a giant hunk of plastic.

      Then again, for all we know, she could be working for IBM and building robots that can cry.

      • I’m pretty convinced the entire thing is a brilliant piece of fiction written in a creative format, but either way, it is priceless! Thank you for sharing this!

    • j.k.lynn says:

      My thoughts exactly. I was suspicious from the beginning of her futuristic musings that always turn out to be some kind of innocent prediction that is either hilariously ironic or oddly on point. All at once too accurate and too wrong to be true. Still, a fabulous piece of writing. Entertaining, bizarre and oddly compassionate (concerning the author’s interpretation of Hoarder Cat Lady). I’m enjoying it despite my skepticism.

  9. drawandshoot says:

    It’s nice to see things are looking up for this woman; it’s been a bit of train-wreck I’ve been wanting to look away from…
    Getting mixed up with a photographer though…that could be bad…

  10. Adrianna F says:

    Wow… this is HILARIOUS. And I agree with drawandshoot about the photographer… she better watch out for that cat. He sounds like he’s a smooth operator. Chocolate on her feet? Really? Me thinks someone has a fetish. MEOW.

    Thanks for sharing. There is nothing funnier than a wacky cat lady with a pen and a blank page… I hope you find this woman.

  11. David says:

    Hmmm. Cat lady is doing better. It’s like she stepped in some … uh … never mind.

    Amazing she pre-figured data in the cloud. She should be 60 now, and I fervently hope that she’s living comfortably somewhere, with an appropriate number of cats, and maybe a human mate or two.

    Jeez, she was right about Phil Hartman too.

  12. lauriejlong says:

    I about died when I read this. Seriously? Can someone really be that nutty? LOVED the Phil Hartman part. This is too good to be real, I swear it. Then again, real life is often more entertaining than fiction. I can’t wait to read the previous installments!

  13. Tippy Hung says:

    this is so cute! I wish i did this for my cat back home :( Im a cat lover big time

  14. Wow this is amazing! I want one :P

  15. Haha I just saw the ” he always smells like mexican food, even when he’s not eating any”
    That’s harlious! kudos! :P


  16. seaofcarnage says:

    I love the photographer. I want a guy with a ahem, foot fetish!

  17. How come I never find used books like this?

  18. michaelbanak says:

    Nice diary. Shame I am a dog fan :)

  19. halfbeagle says:

    I asked the same question about old peoples’ pubes in 5th grade sex ed. I did not receive a satisfactory answer. I am a nurse, so I know a lot about the subject. You could even call me an expert.

  20. Ha ha ha ha. The comments are almost as funny as the post!

  21. k hanna says:

    i am SO GLAD things seem to be working out for her. i am surprised the landlord didn’t kick her out, with the cat issues. she is BRILLIANT. she figured out the cloud – waaaay before everyone. i wish we knew how her life turned out.

  22. The Spinster says:

    I was sad until I read this. Cat Lover’s Diary is some kind of miracle cure.

    I so hope this becomes a Lifetime miniseries.

  23. The colouring of Cosby kids and top hats for cats…I really don’t think it gets any better than that. :)

    P.S. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to read this…you KNOW that I love the Cat Diary, right?? :D

  24. more please says:

    So you have created addicts here Matt! I’m Literally checking daily to see if there is more of this amazingness..

  25. Wow, Polsky–new to the blog–LOVE the Cat Diary Lady. I’m hooked……

  26. Oops, Posky……..Polska?

  27. storyofalice says:

    Yes, Matt, more, please? Where are the last two entries? What happens next with the photographer?

  28. Ad-libb3d says:

    What a find. So glad you shared this. I read the first installment and couldn’t stop. Thanks for the laughs. Makes me want to go hunt through some old book stores, it does.

  29. J.R.Barker says:

    My internet went down on the last story, I had to wait two whole days before I got a chance to finish!
    Glad it ended sort of happily.

  30. coyotero2112 says:

    Section 10 – I am Scott. I couldn’t believe she took two of her cats to her computer class with her, but they were saved from the great cat round-up. Is this enscribed? A pissed off girlfriend took my only copy and dropped it off at some charity’s drop box. Guess I’ll have to relive the glory days through your site.
    – Sad-Eyed Scott

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