A Literary Gesture

A literary gesture born of the enjoyment and intellectual nourishment Aesop derives daily through the written word, The Fabulist features fiction and non-fiction works.


In publication since May 2014, previous editions of The Fabulist honour the ancient Greek slave and fabulist whose name our products bear by presenting fables alongside four other rubrics:

  1. FableAn original prickly parable, pseudoscience fairy-tale, or memoir of a formative moment.
  2. Shelf LifeAn annotated snapshot of a notable bookshelf, intended as a counterpoint to increasingly ubiquitous screen-based text.
  3. EssentialIn which we invite esteemed cultural figures to disclose a deeply held interest or obsession.
  4. Free RadicalInterviews with iconoclasts, free-thinkers, and rebels-with-cause.
  5. On BeautyA forum for wide-ranging thoughts on this consistently provocative topic.

"For people like me, reading is a very mysterious thing. A very solitary thing. In German there is this wonderful word—well, there isn’t actually; I made it up. It means, to an extent, “the task of just hanging out in the book.” I mentioned only my toilet bowl and my bed, but there are many, many, different, different ways of punctuating the day with reading."

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