“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...]

“Your Spiritual Name” / Memorable Fancies #1189

[“Every Christian has two names – one corporeal, the other spiritual.” – Albert Camus]        You seek to discover your spiritual name. The exercise is simple: you ask a friend to look you in the eye and read off all the words in the Dictionary of Adjectives, one at a time. If your eyes widen or their irises pale, you have just been called by your spiritual name: ‘able,’ ‘active,’ ‘adorable,’ ‘adventurous,’ and so on. There are, of course, certain risks... <END> Buy it at … [Read more...]

“ ‘I shit you not’ ” / Memorable Fancies #1183

[from the shooting script for the film Alien 3: Every few seconds, one of the candles goes out. BOGGS: What the shit is doing that? GOLIC: You're not supposed to swear. BOGGS: Shut up. It's alright to say “shit.” It ain’t against God.]       Swearing is asking God to witness that what you say is true. (“I swears it!” – Gollum). Cursing is condemning someone to Hell. Both are risky, as the god sometimes listens, sometimes takes you at your word, sometimes wreaks vengeance or just … [Read more...]

“Forgiveness” / Memorable Fancies #1176

[“Time flows in strange ways on Sundays, and sights become mysteriously distorted.” Haruki Murakami]      People move more slowly on Sundays. Some dress up and disappear into pointy-topped buildings. Singing is heard; pleas for mercy; words of forgiveness that no one quite believes – or deserves... <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

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