Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
You might never fall as far as
the water, that's what Fup is thinking. If the wind threatening to push
her off the bridge were to pry her paws loose from their hold on the
rail, it might simply toss her small body back and forth (like that
of wax paper above), not send her crashing down into the river (because
this isn't about gravity, she reasons, it's about wind). In fact she
somehow ride a gust to the far shore, leaning left and right, steering,
until the hard surface of river a hundred feet below were of no greater
concern than the clouds.
Will the drawbridge never go down? That's what else she's thinking.
How long will they be stranded out over the water?
Behind Fup, Bear clings to the rail while Zooey, all ninety pounds of him,
stands alongside, trying without much success to break the roaring wind. Then
suddenly Zooey is gone.
When Fup turns, she sees Bear jumping into the door of an unfamiliar car.
Zooey's already on the back seat, panting.
The red lights cease flashing, the white bar blocking traffic begins to rise,
and cars inch anxiously forward. It all happens so quickly what choice does
Fup have? She lets go of the rail, staggers low into the wind across the curb,
and leaps into the car.
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.
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?
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.