Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
"How many states have you been in?" Joe asks Fup.
"In, passed through?" Fup wants to clarify. She keeps her eyes closed as
she counts. "Twenty-one."
"I've been through thirty-six," Zooey brags. "Peed in thirty-one."
When Fup finally does open her eyes it's so dark she can hardly make out
Zooey's yellow hair or the ferns just a few feet away. Four in the morning,
she's guessing, or maybe it's only two. The restless chatter goes on and
on: Wiggums has never left Oregon; Joe was born in California. Their voices
give structure to the night, shape and shelter among the dirt and the rain,
a place to be, the place they are together.
Maybe she's just tired or homesick, or maybe she's worried about the walk
home. But why would she worry after making it all the way here? She's
losing track of her thoughts. They jostle for attention and quickly
disappear, like these phantom aches and pains. Wouldn't you figure that if
you slept outdoors for long enough, you'd learn to sleep more soundly? Wind
rides through the branches, collecting gossip and spreading it across the
hill. Will a verdict come before morning? Just a little rest is all she
needs, a month of naps, a year of sitting still. Down on the forest floor,
there's nothing to do but wait.
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.