Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
"How far can you see?" Joe interjects. He startles the cats, who've practically
forgotten about the big horse since he wandered off to the creek with Zooey.
Fup starts to answer, but when the other voice cuts her off she realizes that
Joe wasn't speaking to her.
"This time of year, on a nice day, I can see clear to the ranger station on
the east ridge of the valley," comes the response, though still the cats can't
see from where exactly, or from whom. To judge by Joe's posture, he's talking
to someone high up on the creek's far bank.
"Do you know where Kahani is?" Joe asks.
"I know where Kahani is supposed to be," the answer follows.
Fup asks Bear and Wiggums, "Did he say he knows where it's supposed
"I think that's what the bird said," Bear confirms, "yes."
"That's not a bird," Wiggums informs them, though the birds are, in fact,
chirping up a storm. "They're only yapping among themselves," Wiggums explains.
"And I think I know why they're so chatty. I'm pretty sure Joe is talking to
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.