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To Elizabeth Smith, of Cat Fancy magazine [Letter 539]

Item Reference Code: 099_05x_008_001

Date(s) of creation

March 20, 1966

Recipient

Elizabeth Smith

Transcript

March 20, 1966

Miss Elizabeth Smith
CATFANCY Magazine
P.O. Box 1096
Studio City, California 91604

Dear Miss Smith:

Thank you for your letter of March 4.

You ask whether I own cats or simply enjoy them, or both. The answer is: both. I love cats in general and own two in particular.

You ask: “We are assuming that you have an interest in cats, or was your subscription strictly objective?” My subscription was strictly objective, because I have an interest in cats. I can demonstrate objectively that cats are a great value, and the charter issue of Cat Fancy magazine can serve as part of the evidence. (“Objective” does not mean “disinterested” or indifferent; it means corresponding to the facts of reality and applies both to knowledge and to values.)

I subscribed to Cat Fancy primarily for the sake of the pictures, and found the charter issue very interesting and enjoyable.

With my best wishes for your success,

Cordially,

 

Ayn Rand

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