Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
Three horses stand behind the wire fence: a mother, it looks like, and her
two offspring, a filly and a colt. The filly's mane has been styled in tight
braids. She's immaculate; she looks like she's come to these stables straight
from the show circuit. And acts like it, too, the way she's pushing her brother
around. The colt is a mess. He hasn't been clipped in months. "City Girl" and
"Country Boy," Bear dubs them.
Tentatively, Wiggums approaches the old mare. Fup, Bear, and Zooey follow.
"You want to know about the stories from Kahani?" the mare responds. She knows
Kahani so the hill must be near and the trek hasn't been a wild goose chase
after all! "What I hear," the mare tells them, "is that the young trees there
don't want to be stories anymore."
Just as quickly, and with more force, their hopes plunge.
"Many local saplings are discouraged by the proliferation of electronic media,"
the mare explains. In fact, she says what she hears is that today's young trees
grow up resenting their parents' memories of publishing opportunities past.
Few new stories grow up wild in the woods these days anyway, as print book readers
generally prefer stories groomed from seed at private arboretums. Apparently
a woman in Kentucky has raised the last two medal-winning novels on her farm.
"This is all too much," Fup mumbles in disbelief.
"Have you been there?" Bear interrupts. "Can you show us the way?"
"I haven't," the mare admits, "but my boy Joe can show you." She acknowledges
her slouching son. "Darned if he doesn't know every trail fork in these woods."
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.