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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 137

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"We were famous and underworked," began the manuscript. "We never lacked for kibble. At least those of us who read had something to look forward to after closing. Most of us liked most everyone, a few of us despaired of specific employees, one or two store cats in Portland loved everybody and everything, even the dark winter weeks drowned in rain. Those who did were shunned for months at a time, through the whole of our long wet season, when a chummy reminder that showers make flowers 'and worms and tasty bugs and so forth' — shut it! — could drive splinters into our scalp. Grant us our cabin fever! Paws off the hallowed gripes that mark our days."

Bear comes to the end of the passage and looks up from the page. Fup pretends she isn't waiting for his response. As if, lo, she's entirely forgotten that he's reading her memoir.

"Just a first draft," she reminds him.

"A bit derivative of Ferris, wouldn't you say?"

Fup corrects him: "The French would call it an homage. Read on."

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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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