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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 200

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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The new cat looks exactly like Fup. There's no denying it, so no one denies it anymore.

Fup's back, except not.

And whereas our Fup lived at Powell's — Bear's Fup, Lisa's Fup, Ryan's, Jason's, and Collier's Fup, my Fup and yours, ours — this cat doesn't. She lives in a perfectly nice Bungalow not far from Powell's Hoyt Street warehouse, with a nice enough dog and a parrot that won't shut up.

Sometimes she jimmies the latch of the home's east-facing dormer, climbs via a dogwood tree to the front porch, and heads out to explore the city.

Her name isn't Fup, of course.

"I'm Hearth," she tells Bolton.

"Garth?" Oreo asks. He repeats the joke every time she introduces herself to a stranger, as if he too is only meeting her for the first time. "Never met a girl named Garth. I always assumed it was just a boy's name."

Bear ignores him. Chester gets nervous — one of these times, he fears, Oreo will cross a line. Zooey sighs. Bagheera goes on staring at birds.

"So tell me about this Fup, already," Hearth says.

No one has a clue where to start.

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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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