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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 74

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Rarely must you climb more than eight feet into the branches to evade detection. Pedestrians hardly ever look up.

Fup generally prefers the second elm south from the corner of Davis and Park. A few of the maples along Eighth Avenue offer easier ascents, but you pay with awkward seating.

Every day more leaves fall. As she crosses the lawn after lunch, she gauges the losses. Perched above ground, surveying the thinning landscape, she concedes two points: It's getting wetter all the time, and soon there'll be nowhere to hide.

"I know a place," Bear tells her.

Evenings, as families gather at home with cats and dogs and birds of their own (awful birds, Fup thinks), she beds down in the bookstore's back office to rest. Now and then staff members sleep overnight on cots to witness her nighttime life. Save for those slumber parties, they glean what clues they can in the morning: pencils scattered on the floor, one of Fup's friends napping on an overstock shelf, books left open to pages on cheese making...

"I'll take you there tomorrow," Bear promises.

The sky squints further; day by day, less light squeezes through. What will become of Fup's afternoons?

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Fup's Picks

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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