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fa*ble*og [fey buh l awg]: fable + blog = fableog

My current passion project.

I often feel a sense of helplessness confronted with the world in all its complexity. Making sense of what is driving current events, never mind my own motivations and impulses, seems impossible. The challenge of making change appears too monumental, our problems insoluble.

These fableogs are my simple offering in the face of such enormity.

Fables have always provided a way to comment on the age the writer lives in—the corrupted power of the church, the despotic caprices of the kings, not to mention our other vanities and, of course, love and death. Today our politicians and celebrities have mostly replaced the church and royals. 

In 17th century France, Jean de La Fontaine was the master of fables. He drew on the works of Aesop, Horace, Seneca and the list goes on and stretches from the Greeks and Romans across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Think Scheherazade. Think Bocaccio.

I have undertaken new translations of La Fontaine’s fables, deploying their universality to comment on current events and the challenges of our very human nature.

I believe that the power of the fables shines from their light hearts, which enable us to look at the world or ourselves through new eyes, to remember what we already understood, without having our spirits crushed by the darkness of that knowledge.

Recent Fableogs

Replace The US Constitution: The Mud Pot and The Iron Pot

This past week I saw the play What The Constitution Means To Me. In addition to the engaging performances, the

Replace The US Constitution: The Mud Pot and The Iron Pot
The American Double Standard: The Rapids and The River

The United States is experiencing a coup (defined as a sudden appropriation of leadership or power). The coup may

The American Double Standard: The Rapids and The River
Let Serena, Alizé and All Women Wear What They Want: The Mountain Giving Birth

The tennis authorities are running amok. Getting all up in women’s business about their clothing. Seriously? —a

Let Serena, Alizé and All Women Wear What They Want: The Mountain Giving Birth
Facebook Wants to Be A Mouse, A Bird and Catnip: The Bat and The Two Weasels

When questioned by legislators with the power to regulate (and possibly punish) its behavior, Facebook pleads it

Facebook Wants to Be A Mouse, A Bird and Catnip: The Bat and The Two Weasels
Let’s Lift Our Political Conversation Out of the Gutter: The Education

Every day our intelligence is insulted by political indecencies. The president, his entourage and followers don’t

Let’s Lift Our Political Conversation Out of the Gutter: The Education
What Kind of Cheese Did Putin Sweet Talk Out of Trump? –The Crow and The Fox

There has been no shortage of punditry around the significance of Trump and Putin’s meeting. One NPR commentator

What Kind of Cheese Did Putin Sweet Talk Out of Trump? –The Crow and The Fox
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