“Body of Desire” / Memorable Fancies #1692

[“Own the body you desire” – Michael Palmer] Yes, you can buy a new body – on some poor, obscure south seas island – some tribesman who’s offended the village chief. You bring him home and tell your friends “this is my body” because you bought it, no matter that it shakes with rage and insists that he’s his own, not yours to desire and own and plunder as you please. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Suspicion” / Memorable Fancies #1691

[“A hearty laugh, my mother used to say, cleanses the air of all suspicion.” – Walter Abish] ...and makes the bamboozling a lot easier. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“‘…or not to be'” / Memorable Fancies #1690

[“I am beginning to be tired of not being.” – Andre Gide] Other people ARE; so why not ME? I’ve had enough of this WAIT WAIT – those PROMISES – although what might happen after WAIT WAIT might not be so – PLEASANT. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Time for the Movies” / Memorable Fancies #1689

[“illuminating all the motionless world of Time” – Allen Ginsburg] Like a movie, there’s really no change, no time; just one thing and then another thing, motionless thing 1, then 2, then 3, that tricks us into believing there’s a something between thing 1 and thing 2 – something moving – like a movie. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

Fear :: Four Quotations / Memorable Fancies #1688

“What most people are frightened of is other people. We are frightened of each other. And we have got good reason to be frightened of each other.” – R.D. Laing “You fear the others both for what they can deny you and for what, even under the best of circumstances, they cannot give you, and your fear of them knows no bounds.” – Roberto Mangabeira Unger “...the cruel joke of some crazy mechanic who made seven billion toy robots and programmed them all to be deathly afraid of each other...” … [Read more...]

“How to Attain Peace” / Memorable Fancies #1687

[“…the anguished soul that requires, in order to achieve peace, that a certain action be performed.” – Tzvetan Todorov] No one has told me what to do to achieve peace, though many have offered suggestions. I’ve tried many things: some simple, some complex; some alone, some with others; some on my knees, some standing, staring up at the unforgiving sky, fist raised. After each attempt I wait for peace to soothe over me, sticky like warm ice cream, melting all my fears. I wait. … [Read more...]

“The Emissary Arrives … but …” / Memorable Fancies #1686

[“O unpreceded one.” – John Ashbery] Where is my advance party? Where is the host country’s anthem’d band? Where is the leader’s hand stretched out to greet me as I step off the plane? Yes, there are troops with rifles at port arms, but no flags, no bands. The rifles are raised... [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]