“The Seizing” / Memorable Fancies #1659

[“Is sculpture a seizing occupation of space, a domination of space?” – Heidegger] I have exiled space by this THING I have sculpted. It has just the shape of the space it has seized. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“‘…are standing by.'” / Memorable Fancies #1658

The Rosetta Stone has three inscriptions: Ancient Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Demotic script. Thus hieroglyphics were, finally, understood and translated. But there was an error: scholars believed that the three inscriptions were identical in meaning, but they were not: the first two proclaimed a decree of King Ptolemy’s, but the third, given less attention by these scholars, as the first two were sufficient to solve the mystery of hieroglyphics, was actually a sales pitch for goods … [Read more...]

“The Right Question” / Memorable Fancies #1657

“That’s the wrong question,” he said, putting on one of those superior smirks. “So what’s the right question?” I asked, annoyed. “A question I can answer,” he said. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] (Inventory of Shadows - the fourth book of stories - buy it on Amazon) … [Read more...]

“The Embarrassment of Existence” / Memorable Fancies #1656

[“To exist is always a somewhat embarrassing situation.” – Kierkegaard] I’m looking around nervously, as if I’d entered a restaurant naked where everyone else was fully clothed. There are people here who exist, and they don’t seem to be embarrassed by it at all. They’re drinking coffee at the next table, relaxed and chatting. I’m reassured, somewhat, since no one has pointed at me and laughed or screamed. But it’s difficult for me to accept that other people exist ... or why. [There's a … [Read more...]

“Watching Me Jump” / Memorable Fancies #1655

[“suicides should carry a card at least exonerating / the eventual bystanders” – J.H. Prynne] To whom it may concern: This is to pardon the onlookers here, even those who are yelling “Jump! Jump!” at me, and those who are making faces, and the ones taking selfies with me in the background as I stand on the parapet, and even those who are standing behind me even now, impatiently pushing... [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The New God” / Memorable Fancies #1654

A new god has appeared to us. Yes, the usual smoke and fire, loud booming sounds from the heavens. The fire grows brighter, the smoke blacker. Clearly, the new god is angry, or just pretending to be angry as a show of force. It will probably demand worship, as do all the rest of those tiresome gods; sacrifices, too, I suppose, which will mean less food for our children, fatter priests and prophets. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Starting Over” / Memorable Fancies #1653

[“It certainly doesn’t seem impossible that, in some very distant time, everything will begin again.” – Kathy Acker] One last chance to get everything right. Or at least to remember once again, freshly and painfully, how it all went wrong. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]