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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 28

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"No," Fup had told us, in no uncertain terms, "I will not wear that caterer's outfit." At the time, of course, we assumed she'd be willing to wear a different, more acceptable outfit. We didn't understand that Fup had bigger ideas.

Bear fixed his cufflinks, reached across the conference table, and plunged the French presse. Once the grounds had settled, he warmed our coffee. Steam shuddered above the rims. We waited – for the phone to ring, or the door to open, for Fup simply to show herself somewhere or somehow. She would not, we agreed, boycott the show. The catering skit would make no sense without her.

Bear remained adamant: Fup should be allowed to perform the newsletter in the nude. Everyone else would wear a costume, he acknowledged – no small relief to the throng of lawyers scurrying around the set chattering into cell phones about past precedent and recently expanded interpretations of feline decency standards in America's high courts – but we should trust Fup's judgment, Bear argued. Didn't she know her audience best?

A man burst into our small office, apologetic for interrupting and, oddly, out of breath. "Did the Pets.com sock puppet ever show his bare knuckles?" he wanted to know.

"This is getting too weird," Miriam said, and she left the room.

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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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