“Hands Free” / Memorable Fancies #3617

[“What would happen to my body if I lose your hands?” – Maria Elena Cruz Varela]        I can’t let that happen. Hand them over.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Cat Language” / Memorable Fancies #3610

       Cats are arguing over whether or not to teach people Cattish. “They’ll finally understand what we want!”        “But then they’ll know we can understand them – that blank stare we do so well – they won’t believe that anymore – they’ll know what we’re up to!”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

A View from Above / Memorable Fancies #3609

[“the glass-bottom boats of heaven” – Billy Collins]     ... where we look down on the living who are feeding on fronds, wandering from coral to coral, making aimless contact with each other, fighting the next fish for the next frond.        We see them below us. Now they are trying to swim. They are not swimming.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Why not take all of me?” / Memorable Fancies #3608

       Take my lips I want to lose them        Take my arms I’ll never use them        You took the best, so why not take the rest?        Baby take all of me. – Frank Sinatra         The year 2066: Cannibalism is now well-established in the U.S. At first there were objections, but the concept fit so well with our ideals of success or failure, free enterprise, … [Read more...]

La Soufriere Erupts

Long ago, I climbed this mountain. It was active then, but not erupting. "La Soufriere" means, approximately, "The Breather" - as it has been since it arose from the sea floor - or "The Sulfur-er," from the fumes it emits. … [Read more...]

“Mirror Image” / Memorable Fancies #3607

[“The mirror that shows no one’s reflection after the house has long been left alone.” – Borges]        The house had been empty for many years, and when it was finally rented out, its mirrors showed nothing but the opposite walls they had known for so long. I waved my arms in front of one of them. After a while, a faint blur.        Yes, that’s me, I thought.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to … [Read more...]

“Thoughters” / Memorable Fances #3604

       We discovered the secondthoughters, those tiny beings infesting our minds; we found them hiding in our greymatter creases, giving us second thoughts about everything we do, whispering and criticizing and shaming us.        So we excised them, scalpel’d our minds clean of these beings who never gave us any peace.        Then we had pure sensation, act without regret. No more guilt, not any … [Read more...]

“And then what?” / Memorable Fancies #3602

[“Morality can provide at most only a severely limited and insufficient answer to the question of how a person should live.” – Harry G. Frankfurt]        I followed the moral teachings of my group.        And then what?        And then I broadened my view to encompass the nation, what it believed and how it behaved.        And then … [Read more...]

“The Return” / Memorable Fancies #3600

       A man returns to his home town after thirty years, thinking there might still be a few who knew him.        But no, sadly enough, everyone he knew seems to have died or moved away.        He goes to visit the home where he grew up, but it’s not there.        Locals say there’s never been a house there, but they seem uneasy.        He asks them: How could … [Read more...]

“Get Real” Now on Sale / Memorable Fancies #3597

[“What is ‘real’?” – Morpheus]        “Get real,” they said.        And I said “No, I’m getting unreal.”        And they said, “No, we meant ‘get real estate.’ ”        And I said, “that’s even more unreal, isn’t it?” >> below: a comedy about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“You Have One Wish” / Memorable Fancies #3596

       The Great Being appeared to Donovan. “You have one wish,” it said, “and no tricks like asking for three more wishes; I’m on to that scam.”        Donovan thought a moment, then asked, “How long do I have to make up my mind?” and the Being said, with a smirk, “take as long as you like; I’ll be here.”        “Aha,” Donovan thought, “that’s the trick. If there’s no deadline, the Being knows I’ll never make a wish, because then … [Read more...]

“My Puzzle” / Memorable Fancies #3593

[“She gave me a puzzle in a box. She put the pieces together patiently, one by one, and completed the picture of me.” – Qui Miaojin]        Then she mixed up the pieces and said, now you put them together.        If you can.             >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Puzzle” / Memorable Fancies #3593

[“She gave me a puzzle in a box. She put the pieces together patiently, one by one, and completed the picture of me.” – Qui Miaojin]        Then she mixed up the pieces and said, now you put them together.        If you can. … [Read more...]

“The Imaginary Friend” / Memorable Fancies #3592

[“I was an imaginary friend” – from a letter published in New Scientist]        Hi! My name is Ralph. I’m Johnny’s imaginary friend. He calls me “Ralphie,” but I don’t like that, since I’m smarter than Johnny and he should treat me with more respect.        Sometimes as a prank I pretend I’m Johnny and go find Mommy to see if she can tell the difference between us, or if I can fool her into thinking I’m … [Read more...]

“Our Silent Future” / Memorable Fancies #3591

[“And we know that there is silence in the future.” – W.S. Merwin]        Why can’t we have some of that silence right now? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Don’t Care Day” / Memorable Fancies #3590

[“On the new calendar, on a day no one cares about” – Michael McGriff]        Congress has declared a Don’t Care Day – “just don’t feel like it” is heard from coast to coast. No one has to go to work, no one feels guilty about not exercising, or eating too much chocolate, ... or not having voted …        On the day after Don’t-Care Day, however, we do care.        Too late. >> below: a … [Read more...]

“Her Ghost” / Memorable Fancies #3589

[“Elle l'accueille simplement. Elle l'appelle son Spectre. She welcomes him in a simple way. She calls him her Ghost.” – Chris Marker, La Jetée]        That’s a great responsibility, being someone’s ghost. I’m haunted by the prospect.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Terricious Matters” / Memorable Fancies #3587

[“It has acquired accretions of terricious matter whilst loitering in the past.” – James Joyce]        Trolling through the past is now the latest thing; millions are ‘hooked’ on the hobby, finding themselves in their ancient ago, fishing for their friends, some even trying to change the past, although that’s either forbidden or impossible.        We’re not sure which.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Book About You” / Memorable Fancies #3586

       Somewhere there is a book detailing all your faults, all your sins. Everyone has read it but you. You’ve heard rumors, been looked at disparagingly on the commuter train.      You would like to read this book. but the bookstores have never heard of it. Indeed, there are no more bookstores. [idea based on S.T. Joshi]   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Land of Unlikeness” / Memorable Fancies #4121

[“Objects will emit images of themselves, images which more or less resemble them and which will be the only thing we perceive of them.” – Renouard Maël] Yes, that happens already. Haven’t you noticed? No, I suppose not, as the likeness resembles reality more than … reality does.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Patterns in the Stars” / Memorable Fancies #4120

       It seems to us that stars are scattered randomly around the sky. Could we read their patterns, their woven magnitudes? What if you did see patterns – there? And no one else could?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Glass Man” / Memorable Fancies #4119

[“we knew / The glass man” – Wallace Stevens] He was transparent, he said, meaning we could see right through him and so we did seeing, at last, nothing there between his shattered glass and the hot, revealing sun   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Gesture” / Memorable Fancies #4118

[“…the kingly gesture no longer consists in commanding something from afar, but in touching your finger to a screen.” – Renouard Maël]        I enjoyed commanding from afar – even if nothing happened. And sometimes now when I touch my finger to the screen, again nothing happens.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Augurs” / Memorable Fancies #4117

[“...from lightning and the winding of rivers and the like – these augurs has our religion abolished.” – Montaigne] We no longer believe in augurs and their auguries; no longer believe that the natural world can show us our future. But still, watch out for that lightning.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Freedom of Air” / Memorable Fancies #4116

[…arranged ourselves / By our own motions in a freedom of air.” – Wallace Stevens] There is no freedom here, even though we tried desperately to make reality, that heavy thing, miss us on its plunge down into our minds   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Sound of Water” / Memorable Fancies #4115

       The gentle sound of water finding its place, slithering down a boulder.        The serious sound of water, a tentative then confident sound.        The roar of triumph as one flood crashes into another, the two making an irresistible force rushing toward that large low-lying city.        Yes, that one.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will … [Read more...]

The Old Man / Memorable Fancies #4114

[“Finally, the old man? When I become one, there will still be time enough to speak of that.” – Max Stirner] Now I’m the old man. There is still time, but not much to speak of. [ note: the writer who used the pen name 'Max Stirner' died at age 50 ] … [Read more...]

THINGS ! / Memorable Fancies #4113

[“... the angles of things, / and the imperatives of things, / and the hardness and callousness of things, / and the weight and encumberment of things,...” – Henri Michaux]        THINGS are what we need! More things! Yes, many would agree with that if they thought you were referring to ONLINE STUFF or, if you have to go there, INSTORES, buying STUFF that is INSTORE for you and paying with those credit cards that used to be HANDED OVER and then INSERTED but now … [Read more...]

“Wired” / Memorable Fancies #4112

[“I hurt/where he drilled holes     and strung me through with wires / to make me move.” – Melissa Monroe] I didn’t mind being a marionette, but I wanted to be my own, not his.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Unimportant Places / Memorable Fancies #4111

[“we have lived in important places” – Seamus Heaney]’ Our homes were actually in the unimportant parts of important places, parts where the mass of students, who used to revolt, now grow pot and say nothing, incessantly.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Gadget” / Memorable Fancies #4110

[“my body / is a deadly gadget” – Margaret Atwood]        Yes, I was a Terminator sent back to destroy you; but that didn’t work out and now I’m just some guy. A failed gadget – like everybody else. … [Read more...]

“King Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #4109

[“...there must be / In a kingdom of mirrors a king among / Mirrors,...” – W.S. Merwin] We smile, happy citizens, content with King Mirror’s rule. It reflects us and our longings, even as smaller mirrors show us their slight, shining rebellions.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Torture Chamber” / Memorable Fancies #4108

[“Your torture chamber is the only hotel where I can be received at any hour / without advance notice” – Enrique Lihn] I’m received there, coldly but civilly, when I need a little stimulation. And that’s what I get from you: little stimulation. We both know this place is torture, but we don’t know how to leave.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Interior Unreality” / Memorable Fancies #4107

[“Another person’s dense, unimaginable interior reality.” – John Koethe]        After great effort, I was finally able to imagine her dense interior reality, and she, mine. We’d tried it as an ancient Eastern ritual of self- and other-awareness. But it turned out to be boring; her interior reality was just like mine.       Nothing to see here; move along. Move along.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you … [Read more...]

“My Disasters” / Memorable Fancies #4106

[“the imagination of disaster” – Henry James] 1. I’ve imagined disaster so many times it might as well have happened. 2. I’ve imagined a disaster I survived. But if I survive, it won’t have been a disaster. 3. Oceans boiling, mountains overthrown, like a second coming. We’re waiting with desperate offerings in our hands. But the things that appear are not interested in – offerings. 4. Those who blamed the meteorite should look in a mirror. 5. Those who blamed themselves are … [Read more...]

“No-Brainer” / Memorable Fancies #4105

[“Strange coincidence, that every man whose skull has been opened had a brain!” – Wittgenstein]        “Look!” the student said, “this one has a brain, too!”        “You’re right,” said the professor, “there it is, right there, that wrinkled grey thing. Excellent work! So bring in the next subject, now, and remember what we told it – before. About science, I mean, how science advances.        … [Read more...]

“Turning Away” / Memorable Fancies #4104

[“Ugly, unimaginative, dead people surround us.” – Anaȉs Nin]        Dead people seem always ugly to us – they remind us of our continuing failure to find a way to live forever, or at least to stay, for a moment, our moment, its fearful course.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Feast” / Memorable Fancies #4103

[“...we feast / On human heads, brought in on leaves,” – Wallace Stevens]        That is, their bright minds; nothing as gross as actually eating their heads, hair and eyes and all.        No, we cannibalize their ideas, steal their thoughts. Then we tell them that their life’s work, those theories that will change everything, ... were thought of many years ago, ridiculed as foolish, even then.   >> below: back cover from the novel "See/Saw“ … [Read more...]

“The Memolympics” / Memorable Fancies #4102

       My memories compete with each other. Points are awarded for form, vividness, excitement, and the bravery – or at the least, prudence – I’d displayed.        The winning memories are awarded permanent storage in my mind. The losers? They’re there, too, no matter how I try to forget.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Survival” / Memorable Fancies #4101

[“I write to procure for my thoughts an existence in the world” – Max Stirner]        To take my place – after. To be quoted – even misquoted, if nothing else. Even if my ideas are ascribed to others, if nothing else. Just something.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I coulda been a contender” / Memorable Fancies #4100

[“People are prone to believe in their potential to achieve goals wildly in excess of actual chances, yet seem not less happy when they don’t succeed.” – Mark W. Moffett] “Your reach must exceed your grasp.” – We have to try, or forever regret not having tried.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Settings” / Memorable Fancies #4099

[“Can somebody hack me / Can somebody change my settings” – Jillian Weise] I blamed those bad things I did on my settings. Bad settings. Not my fault. Someone else must have set those settings. My settings. Set to stun. Or worse.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Real” / Memorable Fancies #4098

[“What is ‘real’?” – Morpheus] “Get real,” they said, and so I went looking for some real. At first I thought that realty might be real, but that was just another illusion.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Spinning” / Memorable Fancies #4097

[“someone is watching the stars, / predicting the trajectory of orbits / spinning out of control.” – Cathy Song]        The stars are not spinning out of control, because        There is no control for them to be spinning out of.        There’s just the spinning. … [Read more...]

“The Setting” / Memorable Fancies #4096

[“setting her heart to fear” – Alexandr Bogda] No, I’m not a robot, but I discovered a feelings-selector button yesterday, deep down inside me. Fear was the first item on the list. Hurrying past that, I discovered Dismay, and Stupefaction, and Horror, and Despair, and many other terrifying choices. At last, I found the very last feeling on the list: Resignation. I jabbed fiercely at the button, before the list could begin from the top again, starting with Fear. … [Read more...]

“Form” / Memorable Fancies #4095

[“form gulping after formlessness” – Wallace Stevens] Shape refuses to be shape Formed by any force Not itself. Better be formless / now. Start over.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I Remember Athens” / Memorable Fancies #4094

[“King Darius, so as not to forget the harm he had received from the Athenians, had a page come every time he sat down to table and sing three times in his ear: ‘Sire, remember the Athenians.’ ” – Montaigne]        We, too, remember the blows we’ve received, the harms suffered – but there’s no one to sing into our ears.        Not even hum.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Wound” / Memorable Fancies #4093

[“Remember, without wounds, you’ll never heal.” – Melissa Monroe] I welcomed my wound, because it finally convinced the others that I needed care, needed to be cured, not once again ignored, told “you’ll get over it.”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Who” / Memorable Fancies #4091

[“In wanting to possess the Other, the lover wants to be nothing less than the whole world for the Other.” – Gary Cox] ... and eventually, to become the Other herself, pushing aside that rude person, the self who never quite measured up.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Statutory Love” / Memorable Fancies #4089

[“A living statue both remains a statue and petrifies those around it.” – Kenneth Gross]        I was really human before that statue came along and made me into a statue, too. When I complained, it swore that if I loved it, it would be released from the curse of stone, and that I, once again, would become flesh and blood.        And so I loved it, made myself love it. It was some effort, but eventually the statue became flesh … [Read more...]

The Past / Memorable Fancies #4086

[“To recall the past is to forget the past.” – Jean-Pierre Vernant]        To forget that it is the past; to make it new again, now, in all its urgent, living presence, not that sad old time forgotten long ago,...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Music of Decline” / Memorable Fancies #4085

[“So we wait, breeding / mood, making music / of decline” – Rita Dove]        Music of the old regime now stiff with rigor, music of regret for what we could have enjoyed but failed to: a waltz, perhaps, wishing the old days would return for us but we would not be quite so old, this time...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Foresight Machines” / Memorable Fancies #4083

[“I perceived a sort of prescriptive arrangement, ... as Kant would say, precisely, concerning the animal, ‘al sein Maschinen der Vorsehung.’” ­– Jacques Derrida]        Yes, it was all predicted, down to the last neutron and neuron, set in stone: what is, what is not, who I am, who I am not. And everyone and everything else. All fated and foreshadowed.        But who you are – that does seem to change. Without warning.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you … [Read more...]

“Create!” / Memorable Fancies #4082

[“Slow goes the drag / of creation,” – Amy King]        Creation was supposed to be quick. Just two words, and everything would begin to be created, and six days later it would be done.        Well, the book said that, without mentioning all the hard work I had to do in those six days, without a break, without a chance to make sure all the parts really worked together the way they should.        … [Read more...]

“Good Old Days” / Memorable Fancies #4081

[“He had studied the nostalgias.” – Wallace Stevens]        He longed for the good old days when nostalgia was still fondly remembered.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Your Story” / Memorable Fancies #4080

[“You believed in your own story, / then climbed inside it.”  – Shu Ting]        – to save it from those who would doubt; and if that’s successful, to live it; and if living it is successful, to teach it, whether or not anyone will believe you – or attend your well-advertised donation-please-only lectures.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

4078 “Rememb/her” / Memorable Fancies #4078

       If I can’t remember her, then there’s nothing to remember.        It’s some comfort, not to remember ... the one I can’t remember.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Comma” / Memorable Fancies #4077

[“Every time I say ‘,’ it refers to you.” – Louise Glück]        I pause, uncertain how to continue with you, how to pick my next few words – words however carefully chosen that will turn out to be exactly the wrong ones, the ones I will smile after saying, the words you will understand – in exactly the wrong way. << below: back cover of See/Saw, a novel available on Amazon >> … [Read more...]

“Beor not Beor” / Memorable Fancies #4074

[“To be without a description of to be” – Wallace Stevens] I was offered Being without being told what Being is, what obligations it entails. But, after a long time notbeing, getting really tired of it, I said OK, what have I got to lose? I found out. … [Read more...]

“Fossils of the Future” / Memorable Fancies #4075

       We found fossils from times to come, creatures somewhat like us, wrecked shapes and distended eyes, ...        There must have been a sudden catastrophe, something that caused these people to be lying there in stone, whole, undisturbed,        Uneaten even by dogs   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Cosmic Kitchen” / Memorable Fancies #4073

[“We might turn out to be a form of life as primitive and common in the cosmos as ants are in a kitchen. If so, we can learn a lot from others out there.” – New Scientist] e.g., Learn which planet to scurry off to when the celestial cook comes at us with Her spray-gun and broom.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Hotel of the Assignations” / Memorable Fancies #4072

       “A wicked weekend,” Karen said, tempting me to make some excuse, invent some business in another city, pack just the right things, and then the other right things, make a reservation at the Hotel of the Assignations, create elaborate scenarios of business meetings that might occur, or could have occurred before ... or after ...        But I said no.        I might have got over her by now if … [Read more...]

“When was that memory?” / Memorable Fancies #4071

[“the random coil of memory” – Norma Cole]        Yes, I believe my memory was of a real event. But when? In what sequence with my other memories? (Memories themselves have no date-stamp, a notable lapse by our Programmer.)        In life, memory is a pile of puzzle-pieces. Putting them together, a picture slowly forms.        With a few pieces always left over.   >> “books Terence Kuch” … [Read more...]

“The Feeling” / Memorable Fancies #4070

[“The spent feeling leaving nothing of itself” – Wallace Stevens]        I try to recall the feeling, but it’s no longer there. Maybe I never had that feeling. But why do I still long for it? Why do I wait, passionately but without hope, for its return?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Final Dwarf” / Memorable Fancies #4069

[“It is all that you are, the final dwarf of you.” – Wallace Stevens] You wanted to be giant And perhaps, for a time, you were. People      Listened Which pleased you, Though you would have preferred      Bowed   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Secret Hymns” / Memorable Fancies #4067

[“… holy temples, / Empty and grandiose, let us make hymns / And sing them in secrecy as lovers do.” – Wallace Stevens] Why are the temples so empty? Are lovers not attracted to the echoes They could make, here Among the pillars, Embracing on the Stern and empty pews?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Anomia” / Memorable Fancies #4065

The names, the nouns, have left us; all of them. We make noises in our throats, now, but no one understands. At first, pronouns were still – barely – possible, but when we began to use pronouns as a way to get around our current problem, – Something – removed these from our minds, too. Adjectives, having nothing to modify, died quickly. We point at ourselves, now, or at others, or at things. We have invented complex gestures. So far, this is permitted, even if we … [Read more...]

“Evasions of ‘as'” / Memorable Fancies #4064

[“As it is, in the intricate evasions of as” – Wallace Stevens] “as if” – that evasive admission of defeat, clawing for an image after the real escaped   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Final Combat” / Memorable Fancies #4063

[“I have finished my combat with the sun; / And my body, the old animal, / Knows nothing more.” – Wallace Stevens] Who won this combat? I should have known Winning was not the point; I claim victory Anyway   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Quantity of Quality” / Memorable Fancies #4062

[“...the unlimited quality of people’s fear of one another” – Roberto Mangabira Unger] … and quantity, too.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Great Reveal” / Memorable Fancies #4061

[“There is disrespect in setting up a dead man’s effigy and then not unveiling it.” – Max Beerbohm]        The statue was set up several years ago in the capital, veiled in dark cloth and surrounded by a sturdy fence. A grand unveiling date was announced, then postponed once, twice, then “indefinitely.”        We citizens tried to guess whom the statue represented: a former president? A hero reported dead in one of our wars but then found alive, too late … [Read more...]

“Formulations of Midnight” / Memorable Fancies #4060

[The poet / Has only the formulations of midnight.” – Wallace Stevens]        Reading his poem over and over that middle night, desperately fixing flaws he finds, counting rhythms, unintended rhymes X’d out, and then there’s fixing that very last line, too much truth in that one, try metaphor – instead. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Limits”/ Memorable Fancies #4059

[“Do not concern yourself with the limits of others; enough if you surmount your own.” - Max Stirner] Their limits might actually be yours. >> below: a play about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Meeting God” / Memorable Fancies #4057

[“meet / a God other than our own.” – Adam Zagajewski]        Unexpectedly, a god appeared before me. Immediately I threw myself to the ground and beat my head into the dirt of the pavement the required three times, hard.        But then, looking up, I realized that it wasn’t my own god at all, but somebody else’s god. I mopped the blood from my forehead and vowed not to be so hasty, next time, to worship.   >> “books … [Read more...]

“The Shapes” / Memorable Fancies #4056

[“Very few noticed them [the gods] / casually taking the shape of one thing or another.” – C. Dale Young]        “Just playing,” he said, shrugging, “trying their powers. Showing off. Don’t be afraid, they’re just kids.”        “Or practicing?” I said, “maybe practicing?”        “For what?” he asked. “For what?”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing … [Read more...]

“Speaking Up” / Memorable Fancies #4055

[“Who among us could have spoken up / against the gods, the gods who continued living / among us?” – C. Dale Young]   Someone could have, I suppose, I mean might have spoken up against those gods, challenged them, refused to step off into the mud when they wafted by us, ignoring our presence, our desperate prayers. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” / Memorable Fancies #4053

[“But love her not too much, too much, / For that is even worse.” – Elinor Wylie]        We knew it was too much, too much, only after too much had already happened.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Nobody Home” / Memorable Fancies #4052

[“As long as you can get away with it, the wishes and concerns of other beings need not deter you from any action, since these wishes and concerns are wholly unreal.” – Jan Westerhoff] But those actions of yours ­– aren’t they’re just as unreal, too?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Who Was Vertsag?” / Memorable Fancies #4050

Who was Vertsag? Who was Vertsag? [“In December 1929 Wittgenstein reported a dream about a man called Vertsag: ‘He opens fire with a machine-gun at a cyclist behind him who writhes with pain and is mercilessly gunned to the ground with several shots. Vertsag has driven past, and now comes to a young, poor-looking girl on a cycle and she too is shot at by Vertsag as he drives on.” - Josef Hoffmann]       We play heroes – or victims – in our own dreams. But the … [Read more...]

“Naming the Dream” / Memorable Fancies 4049

[“America declares these dreams I have every night be re-dreamed and pressed into names.” – Michael Wasson] What will I name that dream I had last night? I’ll call it “love.” Yes, that’s nice. Better than “falling off bridge” “or “eaten by sharks.”        Isn’t it?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Sea of Words” / Memorable Fancies #4048

[“you ‘plunged / into a sea of words     and came up dripping” – Melissa Monroe] Silently you toweled off, leaving fragments of words on the floor. For some other poet to mop. Or eagerly gather.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Reasons and Reasons” / Memorable Fancies #4047

[“...they are reasons and no more than reasons, and one does not feed the heart with reasons.” – Miguel de Unamuno]         If you need reasons, you have already failed.  >> below, a full-length play about an election, available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Thirst” / Memorable Fancies #4046

[“I felt a violent wonder at her presence / like a thirst for salt” – Robert Hass]        A thirst that makes me even thirstier, every time I taste – her.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Dove Love” / Memorable Fancies #4044

[“In the branches of the laurel tree / I saw two naked doves / One was the other / and both were none” – Federico García Lorca] In bed two naked beings one the other, the other one, four arms four legs and both were one  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Taking the Easy Way Out” / Memorable Fancies #4043

[“Our possibilities of happiness are limited by our very constitution. It is much less difficult to be unhappy.” – Freud] How does that make you feel? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Search” / Memorable Fancies #4041

[“There was the usual searching investigation that precedes forgetfulness.” ­– Charles Fort]        You can forget only what you’ve learned. Think carefully, then, before you investigate.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Your feet are all in your mind” / Memorable Fancies #4040

[“a physical object is ... a collection of appearances that emerge, alter, and disappear according to distance, point of view, light, and so on.” – Gary Cox] Maybe that’s why I trip over the furniture so often.   >> below: a comedy about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << Composition of objects involving presidential election in USA … [Read more...]

“Turning Off the Knobs” / Memorable Fancies #4037

[“I’ll wear out time until I’m tired of time, and then I’ll just turn off the knobs I move by.” – David R. Bunch]        What I forgot to add was, “...and die.” So I’m still alive but unmoving now, eyes fixed ahead, blurred images of people coming and going, now a gurney rolling in the door and coming toward me, its merciless intern smiling … [Read more...]

“The Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #4036

[“I could probably say that I’m free of the mirror now.” – Richard Diebenkorn]        After a few lessons, exhausting and tearful as they were, I can now look in a mirror without being sucked into its pretense of being more than image, of being me.         There remains the problem, however, that I now have some stupid three-dimensional phantasy that I know is just illusion, a conspiracy of the real two, putting me on.   … [Read more...]

“What Happened?” / Memorable Fancies #4035

[“You came back to the world and there was nothing there” – Joseph Lease]        What happened to the world? It was here when I left, I’m sure of it.        Only the words now remain, all the world’s words filling space in an endless number of tongues ... trying to explain ... explain ...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The New Symphony” / Memorable Fancies #4034

       The new symphony would have made sense to audiences and critics only later, retrospectively, when it was performed again.        But there never was a second performance, because no one had understood the first.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Move Along” / Memorable Fancies #4033

[“The vivid transparence that you bring is peace.” – Wallace Stevens]        I can see right through you. You are transparent to me, so transparent I can’t see you at all, only a slight blur of what you’re standing in front of.        There is nothing more to know, now, about you. Finally, peace.        Nothing to see here. Move along, move along.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“Night and Waking” / Memorable Fancies #4032

 [“the true god, the god of sleep” – Jean Baudrillard] ... whispers to you in the night, those prophetic words the god of waking would blush even to imagine. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“All the Colors” / Memorable Fancies #4031

[“the consolation of a color” – W.S. Di Piero] Blue ribbon? how did that get to be the number one color?        Red? Too bold, something awarded to someone with nothing else to recommend him, someone forever to be called “second best,” then forgotten.        For me, I am not satisfied with any ribbon’s color. I am above all that. I do not want a mention, honorable or not.        I know, … [Read more...]

“Sentenced” / Memorable Fancies #4030

       She went on and on and, finally silent, looked at me angrily, expecting an answer.        "Were there any commas in that?" I asked.        We paused, then never spoke again.  >> below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << Baseball and mitt on rustic wooden background … [Read more...]

“Centers” / Memorable Fancies #4028

[“Walmart will use robots to turn stores into automated fulfillment centers” – Flipboard]        Are you fulfilled? No, and I don’t think the robots will be, either. Especially their centers.        Or yours.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“As a God” / Memorable Fancies #4027

[“Not as a god, but as a god might be” – Wallace Stevens]        Not tame, not kind, not smiling and perched on a cloud, but a power of vengeance to its enemies, and to us as well, to this very day and forever.        Not ... forgiving ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Time-Travel Romance Novels / Memorable Fancies #4025

[“A time-travel romance novel” – from an ad on the Web] 1. I went into the past, when she still loved me. 2. I went into the future, when I’d finally forgotten her. 3. I saw a cute little girl, went into a future where she’d finally turned 18. But now I was 37. 4. We were of awkwardly different ages, decided that one of us should travel to a time when we were the same age. But, in confusion, we both did. Now the age difference is the same, but backwards. 5. “I know why I've waited … [Read more...]

“The BEINGs” / Memorable Fancies #4023

       The BEINGs arrived on our planet last month. A friendly visit? We don’t know.        Politely, now, they stay out of sight, understanding that we’re terrified of them, even though they have only friendly intentions. They said.        They appear to us when we close our eyes.        Every time we close our eyes.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“A Silent God” / Memorable Fancies #4022

[“What is divinity if it can come / Only in silent shadows and in dreams? – Wallace Stevens] Better than the real god, demanding, as unsatisfied with how our lives have gone as we are.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Unlikely” / Memorable Fancies #4021

[“I know things that make me unlikely.” - Emily Skaja]        Back in the year zero, it was quite unlikely that you would eventually exist. The odds of there ever being a ‘you’ were vanishingly small.        But it happened. And it happened to everyone.        You suspect a trick. Perhaps you’re dreaming – because there must be a dreamer. And you hear a hollow laugh, and a voice saying, “Yes there is a dreamer – but it’s not … [Read more...]

“The Insider” / Memorable Fancies #4020

[“You believed in your own story, / then climbed inside it” – Shu Ting] Now you can’t get out, even as others scoff.   >> below: a short play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“The Secret Words” / Memorable Fancies #4018

[“Now, solemnize the secretive syllables.” – Wallace Stevens]        After I endured the trials, the temptations, the forest-fasting that lasted until I was desperately eating weeds and dirt – after I endured these things I qualified: I was taught the magic, the secret words that force angels from the sky down to earth, to do my bidding.        But angels have a limited repertoire; they cannot do what I wanted them to do, only … [Read more...]

“City of Snow” / Memorable Fancies #4017

[“Can all men, together, avenge / One of the leaves that have fallen in autumn? / But the wise man avenges by building his city in snow.” – Wallace Stevens]        Under the snow the autumn leaves lie still, desperately plotting, not knowing they cannot, again, be the green leaves of spring. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Remember, Remember” / Memorable Fancies #4016

[“Und wie wird er in Zukunft wieder wissen, wie erinnern tut?” - Ludwig Wittgenstein] [“And how will he know, again next time, how remembering works?”*] “I want to remember, right now, what’s happening now!” “No, you can’t; you can remember only in the future.” Impatiently, I wait. [* My translation – the ‘official’ translation is impossible.]  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A No-Brainer” / Memorable Fancies #4015

[“Strange coincidence, that every man whose skull has been opened had a brain!” – Ludwig Wittgenstein] Most people have not had their skulls opened. Is this because they have no brain and such a procedure would therefore be futile?        Or was – something – collecting brains and ignored those having none? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Reveal” / Memorable Fancies #4013

[“There was a fear that I would tell the story in a way that might / unnecessarily tell someone about himself.” –– Emily Skaja]        If you feel you must, you may tell others about my sins, inadequacies, unadmitted failures.        But don’t tell me!   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Being Agreeable” / Memorable Fancies #4012

[“It is bad taste to want to agree with many.” – Nietzsche]        Just as you’ve talked yourself into agreeing with everyone around you, their opinions change and your carefully copied ideas are now ignored.        Or laughed at.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Statuesque” / Memorable Fancies #4011

[“Statues come to life only in a world where the living are always themselves on the verge of turning into statues.” – Kenneth Gross]        I felt a tinge of stillness, just now, rigidity, a halt to the constant grinding of my internal organs, their everlasting passacaglia. Stone is coming, the statue phase of my life. No more worries about where my next meal is coming from; not ever, now.        Only an alarm of … [Read more...]

“The Monsters” / Memorable Fancies #4010

       Film-makers are expert in putting us off the scent. The real monsters aren’t in our cellars, where we could just block the door at night.        Instead, look up: they’re in the bedroom. Where we wait for each other, to acknowledge the monsters.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Strike the Sky” / Memorable Fancies #4009

[“the sky goes out / if you should fail” – William Carlos Williams] You watched the sky fall, edges first then dome like a circus tent, season over, time to winter where it’s warm. But the Owner promised no new sky, no new show, thanking us now for our labor, though customers were few. Yes, we were dedicated  to this, our temporary sky.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Challenging the Gods” / Memorable Fancies #4008

[“When people challenge a god, the gods curse them / with the label of madness. It is all very convenient.” – C. Dale Young]        But sometimes, the gods curse people without having been challenged, “just because,” or perhaps for practice. This makes the diagnosis of madness more difficult for us, requires us to raise our fees, invent long technical terms to justify our putting these people away.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Time for Love” / Memorable Fancies #4007

       “Well,” I said to her, “before this gets serious, let’s go into the future and see how we’ll be doing in ten years, if we keep this up.”        And so we did.        It wasn’t pretty.        But now we can’t get back.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Answer” / Memorable Fancies #4006

[“I pray that nobody / ever hears us” – Michael Wasson]        Their prayer was answered. Now no one hears them, no matter how loud they shout, how they wave their arms and point toward their open mouths.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“What Poems Do” / Memorable Fancies #4005

[“We must enslave the natives with our poems” – Ryuichi Tamura]        Our poems are about the nobility of labor, the honor of serving, and, as circumstances require from time to time, the great honor of dying in their masters’ wars.        “Gave their lives” we say, not “We took their lives.”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #4004

       Today I looked at my face in the mirror and saw a stranger. Yeah, lots of people see that, write wrenching poems about it, appalled prose.        Worried, they are. Some smash their mirrors, at least fictionally.        Not me. I smile broadly at my stranger.        What a relief !   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“The Gorge” / Memorable Fancies #4003

["Some of us are made to be carrion birds & some of us are made to be circled.” - Emily Skaja] The birds are circling your body, waiting to make sure it’s really dead and can’t rise up and attack them. Your spirit is watching this scene from above. Your spirit is now one of those birds, those vultures.        Your raucous cries tell the others that it is safe, now, to gorge.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to … [Read more...]

“A Hundred Me’s” / Memorable Fancies #4002

       The remains of the mirror lie on the floor: a hundred mirrors – a hundred ‘me’s, their visions ­– shattered. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Lurk” / Memorable Fancies #4001

       We have a fear, both inborn and also fed by dozens of horror movies, of what might be lurking underground, even in the basements of our own homes.        We imagine bloody crimes that might have been committed there, years ago.        Or more recently.        So recently it might be in the future.        A near future. Ours. … [Read more...]

“I’m Confessin’ ” / Memorable Fancies #3685

[“Examine even unto your dreams, to know if, once awakened, you did not give them your consent.” – Michel Foucault, quoting a confessional manual]        “Forgive me, Father, I have sinned in my dreams, done wicked things in my dreams, with my body and with other people’s bodies too.        “Did I consent to these dreams? Now how could I ... ?        “Well, perhaps, yes, Father, I suppose my … [Read more...]

“Flea-Religion” / Memorable Fancies #3684

[“If fleas developed a rite, it would be based on the dog.” – Wittgenstein]        One uncommonly bright flea discovered that the object of their worship, the dog, had its own religion, worshipping its master.        Should we then, the flea asked, worship master directly, not second-hand via the family dog?        But this suggestion was rejected by the congregation of fleas, who called the proposal “Protestant,” and banished … [Read more...]

Alone in the Hall – II / Memorable Fancies #3683

[“I was alone in the hall with only the walls watching to see my face.” – Anna Kavan]        I worry too much! But why would they keep me waiting so long here in the station if not to observe me? There must be people behind those walls. I’m thinking One takes a break, says “Hey, Two, your turn.” and Two says, “See anything yet?” and One says, “She’s starting to twitch,” and Two says, “Not much longer, then, is it?” And One says, “Nope; I might even be home for dinner!”   >> “books … [Read more...]

Where – ? / Memorable Fancies #3682

[“Where do the multitude of Gods dwell?” – Cicero]        We looked here and there: in the clouds, in the earth we thumped hoping to hear a returning sound, or feel a soft shaking; but there was no response. And when the earthen gods did consent to shake and topple the temples of the sky gods, it was not at our bidding nor at the place where we sacrifice our bleating lambs to them.        Truly, the ways of the gods are beyond us … [Read more...]

“The Haunting” / Memorable Fancies #3681

[“I now suspect that there is a ghost-world – but that it is our existence – that when spirits die they become human beings.” – Charles Fort]        Then who are we to haunt?        Each other.        As we’ve been doing all along. … [Read more...]

“The Self and Its Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #3680

[“The self is an illusion without anyone’s having the illusion.” – Jan Westerhoff]        The magician’s trick has made us persons – or at least characters in our own fiction, not knowing if we’re its heroes or how it will end.        It’s smoke and mirrors, all the way down. >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Annoyed” / Memorable Fancies #3579

[“I am annoyed not to have any hint of the nearby room in which a crime is committed or in which people make love.” – Andre Gide]        In the absence of fact and observation, I make up any story I like. These become my own facts and observations, my own hints, my crimes, my adventures – not having anything in my own life to substitute for them.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Being Impartial” / Memorable Fancies #3578

[“My impartiality is all the easier to me since I know very little about these things.” – Freud]        I’ve tried to retain my ignorance, here, so I can be objective. Don’t confuse me with the facts.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

‘Me’ vs “Who?’ / Memorable Fancies #3577

[“ this difficulty in attaining any certainty about others’ existence” – Michel Foucault]        Yes, I suppose those others do exist – after a fashion – but it’s not the same kind of existence I have, because I’m ‘me,’ and they’re not.        ‘Me’ is not some extraneous aspect of my life, it IS my life. No one else is a ‘me’ for me. That’s why I’m certain only about me.        Those others? Well, … [Read more...]

“Nameless Wonder” / Memorable Fancies #3576

[“See everything with novelty.” – Andre Gide]        Look with wonder. Pretend you don’t know the thing’s name, that name other people have called it, the name that deadens it, the name that withdraws us from the things themselves, and then from other selves, and then from our own – selves.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Skywatch” / Memorable Fancies #3574

[“The children looked at the sky: it was not forbidden.” – Carlos Drummond de Andrade]        Some of us wanted to forbid the children from looking into the sky because they might want to go there one day, into space, to explore.        But that was long ago and we no longer explore. Not after that awful day, when ... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

A Stranger’s Name / Memorable Fancies #3573

[“Because I did not know his name, he seemed only half real, and a stranger to me.” – Lydia Davis]        If I tell you my name, he said, that would make you and me – an ‘us.’ I am not ready for ‘us.’        Not with you, anyway.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Third Reason” / Memorable Fancies #3572

[“The third reason [why people believe in the gods]: men’s minds are terrified by lightning, storms, etc. Through their terror of these, men have suspected the existence of some divine celestial force.” – Cicero]        The hard lesson here is that the gods are terrifying, unpredictable, deadly. God is not your friend.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Something Is True” / Memorable Fancies #3571

[“etwas sind wahr” – Paul Celan]        What was it? Not my fervent hopes and probably not yours, either.        But at least we were, for a while anyway, an “is.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Adversity” / Memorable Fancies #3570

[“The adversity of the world is its inaccessibility to consciousness, its brute givenness, its absolute alterity.” – Judith Butler ( paraphrasing Sartre)]        But if it were not so, if the world were my conscious creation, I suspect its adversity would be even more adverse, brutal.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“On the New Planet” / Memorable Fancies #3568

       On the new planet, our explorers find intelligent beings who strongly resemble chickens. They approach our explorers, peck at them, force them into coops, wait for the eggs. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Joe’s Crematorium

Our friendly motto: "BURN BEFORE YOU BURN" … [Read more...]

“Far Enough From Home” / Memorable Fancies #3567

[“At Thebes, the earth swallowed him.” (said of Amphiarous)]         This famous place of intrigue and murder, this place comfortably far enough from Athens that the those Athenians can site their own intrigues and murders here among us, in Thebes, safely away from their own dangerous home. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“That Way” / Memorable Fancies #3566

[“hapless behind the dreams of accuracy” – James Joyce]        I want to make sure I’ve got everything exactly right now, that I understand exactly what happened between us. Details, explications, analyses.        But you say it was never that way, there was no exactness. It was never any way; what happened was never just one thing; it was many things. Too many things.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will … [Read more...]

Tonight

8:20pm Thursday. A wall is going up around the Capitol. Trump is getting what he wanted, his wall, at last. A wall to save America Just as he said his wall would. … [Read more...]

“God Who?” / Memorable Fancies #3565

[“God doesn’t exist (but there is a God who doesn’t exist)” – Slavoj Žižek]        God has more important things to do than exist – existence is the booby prize.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Under the gun and over the rainbow” / Memorable Fancies #3564

[“In cooler moments I wonder at the extravagance of our feelings.” – Anaïs Nin]        And in moments of passion and stress, I wonder how we could want to feel anything less.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Laws” / Memorable Fancies #3563

[“All attempts to enact rational laws about property have put out from the bay of love into the desolate sea of regulations.” – Max Stirner] – or laws about anything else. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Machine” / Memorable Fancies #3561

[“the machine that reads us all the time” – Slavoj Žižek] I programmed my machine to read the newspaper, because I didn’t have time to. And then I programmed it to read me, because I didn’t have time to reflect or consider.        And then I programmed it to ... but no, it had programmed me. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Tell a Joke!” / Memorable Fancies #3562

 [“For the love of God, tell a joke!” – Joss Whedon]        I told a joke, but God didn’t think it was funny, said he didn’t love it.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Saying Everything at Once” / Memorable Fancies #3559

[“The crowd of thoughts that cannot come out, because they all want to rush forward and thus get stuck in the exit.” – Wittgenstein]        I took a course on “How to Say Everything at Once.” The sessions left the class somewhat confused, until we took the second course, titled “How to Hear Everything at Once.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Fun House” / Memorable Fancies #3558

[“a wilderness of mirrors” – T.S. Eliot]        In the fun house of mirrors we see strange, grotesque versions of ourselves, dozens of different me’s, some short, some tall, some sticking their tongues out, some complaining that they should be as real as we are, that we are their own distorted reflections, their jesters.        The more threatening mirrors, when discovered, are taken out of service and smashed.        But each … [Read more...]

“What To Do?” / Memorable Fancies #3557

[“the truest oracles were the doves and the responses from the oak.”– Pausanias, c. AD/CE 160]        We did have to pay professionals to tell us what the doves and oaks were saying, but that was a small price to pay for the wisdom they imparted.        Without these professionals, we’d have had to figure out, ourselves, what to do. There would have been disagreements – or worse.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“Happiness” / Memorable Fancies #3556

[“It is much less difficult to be unhappy.” – Freud]        Freud unhappily confided this wisdom to his patients, who were relieved that they could remain happily unhappy, and just stop worrying.   >> below: a comedy about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << Baseball and mitt on rustic wooden background … [Read more...]

“The Float” / Memorable Fancies #3555

[“Ad exec Earl Edwards penned the slogan ‘Sleeping on a Sealy is like sleeping on a cloud.’ And with that, Sealy mattresses became a national phenomenon.” – Google]        That may be why sometimes, when I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m floating above my bed. Not much; just an inch or two. Embarrassed, I sink back down onto the mattress.        I don’t want anyone to know I do this odd thing; what … [Read more...]

“Blamers” / Memorable Fancies #3554

[“The common element in ... blame is the notion that wrongdoers deserve the negative emotions, attitudes, and behavioral responses that constitute blame.” – Erin I. Kelly]        Why can’t blame be simple and objective, without all those emotions and attitudes and pointing fingers that just make my accepting their blame that much harder?        I blame those people for what they’re doing to me.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on … [Read more...]