“Port-a-Soul” / Memorable Fancies #1279

[“take your soul with you, / nobody wants it” – Brian Patten]         So I took my soul with me. At first, I was glad to have it for company, strolling in the noonday sun or lying around at night, but soon it became a bore, tedious with admonitions, heavy with accusations.        Then I knew why nobody wanted it. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Regret” / Memorable Fancies #1272

[“Power is afraid of itself, and fear corrodes each day.” – Roberto Calasso] God is afraid of what He might do in a fit of anger at observing the repeated sins of His people, like cover the earth with water or consume it in flames. He has done these things time after time. But then He REGRETs, sets the world back to the way it was. But next time, He says every time, next time He will tell Himself that it is good, whatever happens, whatever He’s done in rage against His imperfect people. … [Read more...]

“The Final Heresy” / Memorable Fancies #1251

[“Rheterians – A sect of heretics. They approved of all the heresies before them and taught that they were all in the right.” - Encyclopædia Britannica, 1769]        Church members were required to pore through old books and find more ancient heresies, and more – so the faith could grow. Then, having run out of old heresies, they made up new ones. Eventually the Rheterians declared their own doctrine to be heretical, and thus the circle was closed and they could rest from their scholarly … [Read more...]

“I Made This” / Memorable Fancies #1243

[“I made this, I have forgotten / And remember.” – T.S. Eliot]       Sometimes I think I made the world – my world, anyway, perhaps not yours as well – and other times I think that the world was here long before I came and I’ve done nothing but watch the billiard balls of cause and chance collide, carom to their destined pockets. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Watching” / Memorable Fancies #1236

[“in hell, / where there is nothing to do / but see–” – Louise Glück] In hell, to be the eternal spectator of others, yourself silent, motionless, unchanged. Like sitting in front of a TV forever – without a clicker. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Leftovers” / Memorable Fancies #1223

[“The soul is what’s wanted, the body they’re allowed to keep.” – Nietzsche]        Perhaps our souls were taken from us at birth, the hungry god wandering from place to place ravenously seeking newborns. Not having known our own souls, we’ve never missed them. And yet, we’ve always had the feeling that something about us is incomplete, not quite right.... <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Tourists in Hell” / Memorable Fancies #1216

[“In Hades, the shades of the dead repeat the same gesture ad infinitum.” – Sergio Agamben]      What this gesture means had been a mystery to tourists and casual visitors such as myself. Some of us thought it meant “repent before it’s too late!” or “we’ve abandoned all hope, y'know,” or just “tourists raus!”      But then we found ourselves repeating that same gesture, again and again – and unable to leave the place of our own Hell.      Now we know what the gesture … [Read more...]

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