Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
Near Butler Creek Park, they reconnect with Cesar's nieces, who set them up with a
ride into the city. The last miles fly under them. The car shifts and
leans. In what seems like no time at all they recognize the
whine of a bridge under the tires and realize they're mere minutes from
You can see Zooey's jaw slip when he hears metal whining against the
car's wheels. A glance out the window confirms his fear: they've passed
his house, they're crossing the river. "We'll get back to the east side
soon," Bear assures him. "Dave will pick us up downtown."
The car stops, a door opens. Onto the grass leap Fup and Bear, with
tumbling out close behind.
And that's it. Here are the Park Blocks. There, across the street,
Powell's the front entrance swings wide as a potbellied man
bag of books in hand. While Zooey rolls on the sunny, wide lawn and
trees a squirrel, Fup scampers up the stairs, a simple store cat again.
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.