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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 73

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Every day now readers parade into the store, looking for Fup. Women march up the steps, alone and in pairs, bearing a recent newspaper profile in their hands. Men are more likely to feign interest in a book or two before approaching the counter, as if they've come to shop, and thanks only to some serendipitous recollection — hey, isn't this where that famous cat lives? — do they think to say hello.

"Know where Fup is?" Lisa asks Collier.

Mornings, sprawled across the floor or basking in a window within easy petting reach, Fup greets her visitors, one and all. Come noon, however, per a routine that harks back longer than most employees' tenure here, she withdraws to the office for a nap.

Flash bulbs, paw prints for scrapbooks, cell phones pressed to her ear... Eight days running, she's hardly found a moment to rest.

Ryan inspects an open cabinet near the register. "Just looking for Fup," he tells Corie.

First Fup tried hiding on a high shelf. (They called to her as if she were stuck in a tree.)

Then she burrowed deep within the recesses of an antique desk. (They fell on all fours and crawled in.)

Amber climbs the stairs to the attic, where Jason and Carole are shelving overstock. "Anybody seen Fup?"

Plan C has hit the mark.

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That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are 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.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: 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?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.

 

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