Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
ago it seemed entirely possible that they might never see Bruno again.
Now here he was leading his family out of the trunk over the collapsed
back seat and into the body of the idling sedan. A dark-haired woman faced
backward behind the wheel, urging them closer. "There you are," she cooed.
"Come out of the darkness, you three."
All the stickers on the windshield bore the lobster-clawed Michigan outline;
they noticed at once. So Bruno had actually pulled it off: they were on
their way to Toledo. He nudged Penny forward onto the armrest between
front seats. Fup and Ro lingered in back.
An ID badge on the seat next to Fup paired a black and white portrait
of the driver with the name Miel. A red-breasted bird flitted through
the trees outside the car. Fup heard Ro's stomach growl.
"She's taking us to Toledo," Fup marveled. "Dad, whatever you did, you're
"That's not exactly right," Bruno admitted. "The first part isn't, I
"But you have to go through Toledo to get to Michigan," Ro protested.
Bruno nodded and lowered his voice. "Miel doesn't know that we're getting
That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
by Bruce Eric Kaplan
"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human
race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has
been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that
here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad,
occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues
reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as
Paws Across America never can.
Poems by Writers' Dogs
by Amy Hempel
In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of
words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is
always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand
your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling
at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among
the selections nominated for Best
American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious
hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by
Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a
wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a
household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer
intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.
Is Your Cat Too Fat?
by Bronwen Meredith
Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's
anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.