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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 32

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Wiggums stares up at the office tower, straining so hard to see its top floors that he loses his balance and falls over backwards on the sidewalk.

"Watch out!" a young girl shouts, and the cyclist slams on his brakes just in time to avert disaster.

Righting himself, nonplussed by the near-collision, Wiggums tells Fup, "Sometimes in the barn we'll climb up to the loft on the bales of hay in back. Friends come over and we jump down from the railing, it must be fifteen feet to the ground. And once when I was younger I went up on the roof of the house to see if the robins had built a nest up there."

Fup explains to her country cousin that what appear to be stripes are actually "floors." In fact, she tells him, the famous downtown towers are no longer giant safehouses for the City's bird population. After years of beak-breaking labor, thousands and thousands of birds pitching together to construct these inverted nests of iron and glass, before a single bird took residence wouldn't you know it that people intruded and converted the aviaries to office buildings and apartments. The birds could only hover in the air and watch the fruits of an incomprehensibly determined effort go to waste.

Fup loves entertaining guests from the country. She really does.

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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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