Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
Fup and Ro had never seen so many people together at once. Mothers
pushed prams along pathways, picnickers crowded onto blankets, young men
and women arranged themselves on softball fields or dribbled across
basketball courts, children jumped rope and threw Frisbees. Through the
morning and well into the afternoon the four cats wandered and watched,
climbing trees of all sizes, chasing squirrels and birds.
"There was still plenty of daylight left when we made it back to the
hotel," Fup tells the crowd around the fire, "still an hour or two before
Mr. Warren's banquet would be starting. But our parking space was empty.
The truck wasn't there."
One last log continues to burn, throwing thin shadows across
faces gathered around, and up, above them, through heavy
"Where did Warren go?" one camper, the man, wants to know.
His wife asks, "Warren didn't leave without you?"
"Clara was in the truck!" Joe remembers.
Fup confirms, "Mr. Warren didn't stay to receive his medal. As soon as the
Ben Franklin tour was over, he headed back to Maine. We never saw him
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.