I am a fabulist

some things are better left unsaid. it doesn’t mean what you think it means. it means I write to let some gas out of my ongoing spoken diatribe. giving us all a break. tidying up. but no losing anything valuable by being completely silent.

I’m a fabulist. nice way of saying “liar”. not really. I guess it’s a bit more subtle, or twisted, than that.

Fabulists are authors of fables, in the normal sense of “a narration intended to enforce a useful truth”.

That’s spot on.

A fable is a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson (a “moral”), which may at the end be expressed explicitly in a pithy maxim.

A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as actors that assume speech and other powers of humankind.

Usage has not always been so clearly distinguished. In the King James Version of the New Testament, “μύθος” (“mythos”) was rendered by the translators as “fable”[1] in First and Second Timothy, in Titus and in First Peter.[2]

These citations are missing an important point – the fabulist is not an author, necessarily. Not like other authors, whose job it is to write. Fabulist tell fables. They may write them. But they do not separate themselves from the work, as though they controlled it, as though it were a product of their creativity.

We narrate life as it happens. If you happen to be listening, that’s your problem.


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