Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
across two small valleys until you reach a river, then east, upstream,"
the spruce tells Joe. "Keep walking until the river bends sharply to the
north. They say Kahani begins there, on the opposite bank."
The cats have gathered by the creek with Zooey, but it's still Joe who's
speaking on their behalf.
"They say?" Joe asks.
"I've never been," the spruce confides, which seems entirely obvious
once he says it.
The spruce's voice sounds like sculpted breath, Fup thinks; it sounds
like smooth bundles of air in flight.
Joe scratches the dirt with his hoof. "You know about Kahani though?"
he asks the tree. "It exists?"
"Oh, it must," the spruce replies. "Or you'd assume so, anyway, from
all we hear. Though if anyone could tell stories as elaborate as the ones
about Kahani, it'd probably be a tree."
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.