I see that John N. Gray’s next book is going to be about…cats. Well, I suppose when you’ve already covered neoliberalism, apocalyptic religion, and the quest for immortality, in addition to various aphoristic works, why not? It’s nice to see that sort of eclectic philosophizing. Gray is one of my favorite thought provocateurs, regardless of his topic, so I’m sure I’ll read this one too. Still, I feel comfortable predicting in advance that in examining mankind’s relationship with felines, Gray will once again find support for his own “godless mystic” worldview. As his mentor Isaiah Berlin famously said, the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing, and it strikes me that Gray has become quite the hedgehog in recent years.