Like A Girl
The wellness trend is surging, so we’re told. Women are taking care of themselves more these days. Prioritizing
Yesterday the recreational use of cannabis became legal in Canada. As if I needed another reason to miss my homeland!
Extreme Athleticism is The New Mid-Life Crisis provoked me to wonder if a series of ultra-running events I did
The last week I’ve dreamt more than once that I accidentally bought a new article of clothing, only to remember
I’m giving a talk in Nashville this weekend at HT Live! The topic is identity alignment and authenticity, so that
A big hello to Fit Is A Feminist Issue readers! I know that some of you may have heard from me before about mountain
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.
A poem from La Légende des Siècles, by Victor Hugo, translation by Mina Samuels A lot of us are asking ourselves
Last Monday I handed in the new book I’ve been working on. Stay tuned for more on that. Publication will be early
I think of my partner as the King of Kensington. That’s a reference to an old Canadian television show set in the
We’ve been degraded again in the U.S. I’m enraged by yet more setbacks for women, immigrants, people of color,
To be a man of power and importance these days one has to be squeaky clean. Every infraction, no matter how long
I’m giving a talk in Nashville this weekend at HT Live! The topic is authenticity and identity alignment, so that