Still working my way through the Podcastle archives, I enjoyed a series of four fables by Peter S. Beagle that were podcast last fall. My favorite was “The Fable of the Octopus,” about an octopus who wanted to see god. His ideas about god are about as good as your typical human New Age book. Since I like that sort of thing, and am sometimes tempted to perpetrate my own half-baked ideas, I was charmed.
The other three fables, about animals who try to warn each other in various ways, all bear clear messages. The message borne by the octopus seems more convoluted than the explicit moral given at the end. I also like the fact that it’s not obvious.
The four together comprise an amusing hour of listening. Or if you prefer hard-copy, they’re collected in The Line Between.