Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
First thing in the morning, the campers wake, unzip from their sleeping
bags, and begin dismantling the tent. One by one the cats reluctantly
slink out. As they emerge, Zooey practically smothers them. He's been
pacing since well before daylight, one moment growling under his breath
at some sound off in the dark, the next nudging his head against the tent's
side, whining, wanting in.
Bear darts through brush and mossy branches, up to a small ledge bathed
in sun, and the other cats follow close behind.
Down below still, Zooey paces from rock to fern to tree trunk, peeing
on everything. Joe wanders down toward the creek, snacking on long grass
as he goes.
Zooey follows the big horse. "Clara has some interesting stories about
the extra year she spent in Maine with Warren," Zooey tells him.
"At some point," Joe says when he finishes chewing, "I need to meet Clara."
Back up on the ledge, meanwhile, Wiggums throws out the question they've
all been hesitating to ask: "Where to next?"
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.