Maneater Meditations


By Geoffrey Grosshans

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In Maneater Meditations: Selected Tales from the Stuffed Fabulist, dark satire and healing mirth come together in the form of contemporary fables, parables, and revisions of myth. A sheep rents a wolf suit, a bull opens a china shop, Icarus goes for a swim, a robot takes its pet human for a walk in the park as usual, a unicorn loses its horn trying to make a career change, an amoeba schedules an appointment with a psychotherapist, a chameleon finds it can change the color of anything it touches, a barnacle weighs the moral pros and cons of letting go, the phoenix considers having itself embalmed and being done forever with rising from the ashes, flamingos resolve to make social issues more stylish, Sisyphus is arrested as a public nuisance, topiary animals dare to take the shears to themselves when the gardeners aren't looking, a scorpion experiences a moment of compassion, a rhinoceros notices it has a bruise, Church and State hook up at a singles bar, Jonathan Swift auditions for a stand-up comedy gig, the march of the pundits is documented on film, dots complain about all the attempts made to connect them, the Minotaur decides to take its labyrinth with it wherever it goes. These and many other short tales focus on psychological, social, political, spiritual, and philosophical themes, but the "moral" of each one is left to the reader to decide.

Maneater Meditations