Discovered: Aesop Manuscript

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Fine, you caught us: it’s a McSweeney’s thing. In one sense, these mock-Aesop fables show just how untranslatable the morality of antiquity is to the modern, post-Enlightenment subject. In another sense, they’re just plain funny.

When the winter came, the Ant had plenty of corn from the stores he had collected in the summer.

As a result of his successful business practices, the Merchant also had plenty of food, as well as a large house, two cars, and five vintage Stratocasters.


Casey Dayan is a Rumpus intern and musician. He is finishing up his undergraduate studies in literature and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is working on a memoir and trying to one-up Jeff Buckley. Find his twitter here, @caseydayan. Find his band, “Moo,” here. More from this author →