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Menippus

Menippus

Velasquez
1639-41
Oil on canvas, 179 x 94 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Born a slave, created the genre that we now know as Wealth Bondage, a satirical gabble of many voices, a play without footlights, as Bakhtin would have said had he survived the era of Stalin to enjoy Freedom in the Market.  Reputed to be a Cynic, Menippus is associated with Diogenes. They say that all of Menipus's works are lost in the great Dumpster of Time, but the tradition lived on in Lucian, Rabelais, Erasmus, Swift, Gay and Wilde. Some say that The Happy Tutor is a direct descendant of Menippus himself. Other say he simply found the lost works and is publishing them under the name of Phil Cubeta, Morals Tutor to America's Wealthiest Families, as a high class literary hoax.

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