Conjunctions 18: Fables, Yarns, Fairy Tales
. Bard College , distributed by Random House . Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
PN6010.5.C66 no.18 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I had not been aware of Conjunctions, which I notice is now at its Number 54, since it is published twice a year by Bard. This particular issue is a lively gathering of various short forms of literature. It is not easy, of course, to find the fables, but there are some here! A good one is A Friend in Need by A.K. Ramanujan (133). It uses the traditional motif of giving apparently friendly advice to a conquering but not succeeding animal. Here the fox recommends to the leopard that he throw the tortoise into the water, and his shell will soften up. Another is Story of the Fool and the Cakes by James Laughlin (174). A fool buys eight cakes and eats six without being satisfied. The seventh cake satisfies his hunger. I have been cheated, he cries. Why didn't I eat the last cake first? I wasted my money on those other cakes that did not satisfy me! For a scary experience, try Forrest Gander's Kuzma and the Worm (140). For a quick treat, read Bradford Morrow's Numb on 362. I trust I will find more fables here on my next trip through.