Aesop in the City

The Shouts & Murmurs section of The New Yorker has been unfunny of late with the last really good piece being Jack Handey's Nature documentary.   This week however was another winner.

Entitled "Aesop in the City," its a one-page piece by screenwriter Yoni Brenner and is made up of eight modern day parables including: "The Hawk and the Mouse," "The Dog and the Magic Hen" and "The Wolf, the Sheep, the H.R. Person, Mayor Bloomberg, Al Sharpton, and Jesse the intern" -- to name three.

To entice you to read the whole piece, here is one of the tales in its entirety:

The Fox and the Goat

A fox is offered free tickets from Cindy in P.R. She drops them off after lunch, and the fox is dismayed to find that they are for an experimental Swedish dance company called Leøtåård. He takes the tickets to the goat in the next cubicle. “Leøtåård?” says the goat. “I’ve never heard of them.” “I saw them last week,” coos the fox. “The Scandinavian Alvin Ailey. I’ll give them to you for ten bucks.” And so, while the goat spends the evening in a dank underground space off Avenue C, the fox goes to Ollie’s and spends the ten dollars on lo mein. Sure enough, the performance is awful and the goat gets a massive strobe-light headache. Still, inexplicably, he puts his name on the e-mail list.

Moral: Always check the Web site.

 

If you liked this, click here for the whole thing. 

Pau for now... 

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