“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...]

“Where Are the Bodies?” / Memorable Fancies #1149

[“I have put out of my mind what we did with all the bodies.” – Lucy Corin]              I’m afraid to remember where the bodies are, where we hurriedly put them after our party that, unfortunately, did not end with warm expressions of friendship, but only farewell; afraid that if I do, I might find the bodies nearby ... near me ... very near ... <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Ritual of Freedom” / Memorable Fancies #1142

   At long last the colonizers are gone, those cruel and violent people who called us “primitive,” “uncivilized.” Our valiant insurgents drove them out, or perhaps our diseases did; no matter.           Now we have picked one of our own to revive the long-suppressed ritual. The joyous virgin mounts the pyramid’s steps. I wait, knife in hand. <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“The Name” / Memorable Fancies #1128

[“Perhaps the sacred name had been misspelled / or in its uttering been jumbled or weak.” – Jorge Luis Borges]      So let’s try it again, shall we? Sooner or later our pleas will arouse the god. In the meanwhile we, his humble ministers, need to live, and your donations ... <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Belief” / Memorable Fancies #1121

[“Which gods may we believe in, and which not?” – György Lukács]      “Never mind,” said God; “belief is the booby prize. I want OBEY.” <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

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