Why original thinking isn’t enough

"The cat caught fire.” It was my answer to the simple question, “Anything special happen today?”

Supposedly, everything that can be said has already been expressed. But I’d never, ever heard anyone ever talk about feline flammability. It was a new area.

(The cat was fine. She’d brushed her longhaired tail closely over a candle flame on a friend’s table. The momentary whoosh of high flames was amazing. Despite singed fur and a horrible smell, she never even seemed aware that . . .

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