The journey from episode 1 to 8: bed as metaphor. What beautiful visual language. So many layers. From spartan and empty, unsettled and transitory to supported, reliant, tethered and connected. Though it’s not wholly positive, it’s ambivalent: he is raised up, but also constrained; he is older, sicker, changed, but also the same, in similar white bed sheets, in a room that is still not home.


From The White Cat and the Monk, by Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith. A retelling of a ninth-century poem written by an unnamed Irish Benedictine monk comparing his scholarly pursuits to the hunting activities of his cat, Pangur Bán. 

“In Irish, the word bán means white.


has been said to refer to the word fuller, a person who fluffed and whitened cloth. We might think, then, that Pangur Bán was a cat with brilliantly white fur.” – Jo Ellen Bogart