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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

We Give Corporations Permission to Squeeze the Life Out of Us: The Villager and The Snake

Barely ten years after the last financial crisis, when the elite banks were deemed too big to fail, the Dodd-Frank

We Give Corporations Permission to Squeeze the Life Out of Us: The Villager and The Snake
Tit for Tat Will Not Save the Supreme Court: The Fox and The Stork

The Supreme Court is in the process of changing hands. The prospect is terrifying to many of us. Is this The Handmaid’s

Tit for Tat Will Not Save the Supreme Court: The Fox and The Stork
The Immigration Crisis Demands That We Rebalance the Scales: The Rat Who Withdrew From The World

The United States has always had an isolationist streak, an illusion of fierce independence from the rest of the

The Immigration Crisis Demands That We Rebalance the Scales: The Rat Who Withdrew From The World
North Korean Beach Vacations May Be Reason Enough to Disarm: The Bear and The Two Compatriots

What is or will be the actual, practical, lived outcome of the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-Un? While the

North Korean Beach Vacations May Be Reason Enough to Disarm: The Bear and The Two Compatriots
The EPA May Self-Eviscerate, But We Can Be Environmental: The Child and The Schoolmaster

A recent headline read The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the EPA. It turns out it’s just too hard for the

The EPA May Self-Eviscerate, But We Can Be Environmental: The Child and The Schoolmaster
Make A Choice to Love Instead of Fear: The Hare and The Frogs

Last week I wrote about love. As I was putting the last touches on those thoughts, a friend described to me videos

Make A Choice to Love Instead of Fear: The Hare and The Frogs
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