Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
heard a door strain against its hinges. A moment later, they heard it
slam shut. Next, the engine turned over and suddenly rock and roll music
exploded out of the car's back speakers like the noise at the end of the
world. Fup, Ro, Penny simultaneously, their hearts practically
tore through their chests.
Backwards the car crept, slowly, until for an instant it seemed to be
floating, moving neither forward nor back. Then gears shifted, the engine's
whine dropped to a groan, and the car lurched ahead, tossing the cats
against the trunk's back wall.
"We're leaving the parking lot," Ro surmised, leaning her body into the
turn. At what the cats presumed was a stoplight, they used the brief pause
to huddle side by side in the corner, settling low on their haunches,
ballast for one another against sudden stops and starts.
You focused on tangible details, then stacked them like barricades against
fear: jumper cables and washer fluid, a single laceless sneaker, your
sister's twitching ear. You didn't let your thoughts stray out of the
The engine screamed; the pavement hardly rippled beneath them. This could
only mean the highway. Ten minutes passed, or twenty, ten minutes or an
hour who could say? All sense of time had vanished in the dark.
They hardly moved. They waited. What else were they to do?
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.