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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 22

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup can't stop raving about Aimee Bender's novel, which is strange because Fup rarely reads fiction, much less enjoys it, unless it's about cats. For a week now she's been wearing a number dangling from a red lanyard around her neck. Each day the number changes, depending on her mood. She got the idea from a character in the book, she says.

Her number today is 17, her highest since Friday.

Bear slips in the Tech Store door behind the guy in the porkpie hat who twice a week sits for an hour or so with a stack of books but never buys anything. He hurries past the information desk and checkout counter, Bear does, through the aisles to the office in back. We hear Fup moan. Lisa looks at Trevor who looks at Preston, who shrugs and says, "Darned if that Bear isn't a little spitfire since we reopened the coffeeshop."

Padded feet eight padded feet patter patter pattering deep in the stacks. Then: thud!

She's shelf-diving for him again.

The man in the porkpie hat asks where are the books about chaos theory and follows Lisa into the shelves.

"Want a cup of coffee?" Trevor asks.

Preston nods.

"Fup changed into her 20," Lisa says, returning. "I think it's going to be a good day."

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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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