Friday, March 26, 2010

Coffee with a canine: Cathleen Schine & Hector

This weekend's featured duo at Coffee with a Canine: Cathleen Schine & Hector.

Schine, on how she and the dog were united, and how Hector got his name:
We drove down to Maryland to get him when he was 10 weeks old. It was when the sniper was still shooting people. We stopped for gas and a pee in Pennsylvania, then drove without stopping until we got to the breeder. The snipers were arrested a couple days later exactly where we went.

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I would like to say that it was because of the Iliad or even the phrase “since Hector was a pup,” but in fact my father had a friend, a Canadian lumberjack who used to say “Hi there, Hector,” to every child and every dog he met. Our previous dog was named Buster, and somehow Hector seemed to fit—enough continuity, not too much—and he just looks like a Hector, doesn’t he? I think it was quite a popular dog name in...[read on]
Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers and The Love Letter, among other novels.

She has contributed to
The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

Her new novel is
The Three Weissmanns of Westport.

Schine's "Dog Trouble" in The New Yorker.

Cathleen Schine's website and blog.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Cathleen Schine & Hector.

--Marshal Zeringue