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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 119

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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It's so hot on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday that Fup spends the daylight hours trying to rid her brain of thought. A simple one arises, something about the week ahead, for example, and quickly it spawns questions, like the fumigation at Bear's house — scheduled for Wednesday, or is it Thursday? — and next thing her head is a stuffy, sweating attic of jostling ideas, she's gasping for air, for a breeze, for relief.

Of all weekends to entertain guests from out of town.

Barleycorn has mellowed in middle age — there's consolation in his independence, at least. Where two years ago he'd have been peppering her for the story behind this statue or that fountain or the downtown block where according to legend Mel Blanc took in the stray that years later he used as inspiration for the voice of Sylvester — how do these rumors propagate? (there she goes, thinking again) — now Barleycorn is content to digest city sights uncaptioned. If nothing else, Fup consoles herself, she need not speak. Every little bit helps.

Because to speak she'd have to think, and it's much too hot for that. One hundred and two Fahrenheit degrees.

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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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