The Seeing / Memorable Fancies #3441

[“And is there a paradise anyway? Besides, What will I, Who see you everywhere, do there?” – Kabir]        I see you everywhere now, and that is no paradise. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Trading Songs” / Memorable Fancies #3445

[“If you’ll gimmy your thing to me I will gamey a sing to thee.” – Finnegan’s Wake] It seemed a fair trade – but the song she gave me was all she had, while I had another song left – for a different ‘you’  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“How Death Looks” / Memorable Fancies #3439

[“And death that advances / With little plaintive cries, / Dancing its odd dance” – Michel Houellebecq] I had maybe expected a gaunt old man with a scythe. But not this. I had expected a thinkfast moment: an explosion, perhaps, or a knife suddenly drawn. I had expected white-masked faces hovering over me, doctors shaking their heads. But not this. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly … [Read more...]

“My Excuse” / Memorable Fancies #3438

[“...Homer, Orpheus, Parmenides; but these latter said this without giving a reason, since they were divinely inspired.” – Hermias of Alexandria] Well, that’s my excuse for not giving you reasons for what I say – what’s yours?” >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“We couldn’t see” / Memorable Fancies #3437

[“when we couldn’t see / we made pictures” – Louise Glück]        We pictured our thoughts, drew or painted them as best we could remember, touching the boundaries of the canvas, selecting paints by the feel of the tubes, brushes by their strokes on our skin ... here in the dark... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Hunters” / Memorable Fancies #3436

[“My own notion is that, in the summer of 1896, something, or some beings, came as near to this earth as they could, upon a hunting expedition.” – Charles Fort]        No prey of interest here, they said, moving along, just a few scraps. But maybe in a hundred thirty years or so of crop growth, more billions of those plump, healthy beings... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Day of Creation” / Memorable Fancies #3435

[“We are not what was intended”- ‘John Doe’ (played by Kevin Spacey) in the film ‘Se7en’] That’s right: A mistake was made. Perhaps our raw materials were imperfect or impure. Perhaps the seed of life was planted on the wrong planet. Or perhaps God was absent-minded that day of creation, about our purpose, about what we could do if not closely supervised, about the deadly accuracy of our minds, or worse, our deadly errors....  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will … [Read more...]

“Decisions, decisions…” / Memorable Fancies #3434

It was decided that nothing would be decided today. But the decision that nothing would be decided today was challenged today by those who decided that a decision was really needed today...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“How Painful” / Memorable Fancies #3433

[“…how painful it is to dream of happiness. The crushing weight of it all. Better to say nothing and pay attention to everything else.” – Albert Camus]        “Are you happy?” – Beware this question, because the answer can only be – “now that you ask, I don’t know.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Master Sufferer” / Memorable Fancies #3432

[“How can we learn to suffer more successfully?” – Alain de Botton] I was apprenticed to a master sufferer at age seven. He was renowned throughout the province for his ability to smile when he was low, to take punishment like a man – to sit gamely through clichés like those without grimacing or covering his ears. Or laughing. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Speech Less” / Memorable Fancies #3431

[“...written silence” – Alain Badiou]        What I wrote for the President left him speechless.        It was about time.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Playing My Organ” / Memorable Fancies #3430

[“The machine is no longer an excrescence or a protuberance of man – man is now merely the sex organ of the machine.” – William Burroughs]        We are here to help the machine make more machines. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Looking Around” / Memorable Fancies #3429

[“my mind is full of eyes” - John Ashbery]      They’re looking around, these eyes, peering suspiciously.      I say to you who accuse me, those must not be my eyes. My eyes trust you. See how warm and trusting they are?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Your Other You” / Memorable Fancies #3849

       There are you’s that you might have been. They exist, but the world has been arranged so that you will never encounter these doubles of yourself.        But once in a long while, owing to a glitch in the Divine Providence, you might meet one of them "No, you say,” giving it a long hard look, “not that one.” “Next double, please.” … [Read more...]

“Overs and Unders” / Memorable Fancies #3428

over the counter and under the influence over the top and under the gun over the edge and under the rainbow over the hill and under the weather that last pair, for sure.  >> Below: a play about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com. << … [Read more...]

“The Stone Lectures” / Memorable Fancies #3426

[“Stone does not know how to lecture” - João Cabral de Melo Neto] Stone asserts. If it hears objections, it acts quickly. If it hears considerations, it acts more quickly, and harder. If it hears agreement, it is suspicious. If it hears nothing, it is at last satisfied by the silence it has created. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Wake Up!” / Memorable Fancies #3425

[“Is there not another world within which I might suddenly wake, and from which I should look back upon this life as unreal? Such doubts and surmises, far from being irrational, are in my opinion even justified.” – F.H. Bradley]         Wake up ! – wake up ! – something is shaking me – wake up ! Do I dare open my eyes? What I see -will it be, then, the real?        I’m taking the chance that the dreams I forget will be ... more real. >> “books … [Read more...]

“How to Use Scissors”/ Memorable Fancies #3424

[“Memory doesn’t know how to use its scissors” - Yannis Stiggas]        I have learned how to cut memories, or slice them in two, or trim them top and bottom, or just ... stab, stab.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Limits of Machinality” / Memorable Fancies #3420

[“I very well understand the desire to be a machine, to go to the limits of machinality.” – Jean Baudrillard]        The limit of machinality is the junk-heap, or the recycling machine (that will be junked or recycled in its turn).        The limit of humanity, on the contrary, is the junk-heap called Heaven, or, if you have a problem with that, ... there is an alternative... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon … [Read more...]

“The Mice” / Memorable Fancies #3419

[“One day the mice became suspicious.” – John Ashbery]        That larger mammal, the Great One who promised to lead us to endless cheese: many of us have followed him to glory, never returning to us as they had promised. –        The heaven of cheese must be powerful indeed to have kept them there so long.        We are now convinced of the greatness of the cat’s promise.        She beckons … [Read more...]

“My Delusion” / Memorable Fancies #3418

       I’m here in the madhouse, unlikely to be released. The others here have the delusion that they’re not in a madhouse; so I laugh at them; I know where I am, this place with its locks, its solicitous staff.        But my own delusion is – that there are others... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Disarmament” / Memorable Fancies #3417

[“I see a pediment of amputated statues looking at me.” – George Seferis]        They had been disarmed after the recent war. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Dictionary-Maker’s Dilemma” / Memorable Fancies #3416

[“Irreducibly multiple meanings which continuously determine each other.” – Judith Butler]        Thus the dictionary-maker’s dilemma, defining words by words. If you know one word, just one, thousands of meanings will unfold around you, one by one, each of which ultimately needs all the others, like an endless string of spaghetti. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Attachments” / Memorable Fancies #3415

[“My heart has been torn apart by all its attachments.” – Rousseau] She called me “her heartthrob” tugging at the strings of my heart – “There," she says, "that’s the ventricle I’ve been wanting.” Drawing a knife from her pocket, she...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Come Close” / Memorable Fancies #3413

 [“ ‘Come close, too close, get out!’ ” – Emily Skaja] She and I have been performing a kind of dumb-show where we try to be intimate – emotionally, that is; physically, we began some time ago.        We pretend to care, and maybe we do care. We pretend to know each other “all the way down,” to show empathy. And maybe we have entered that rarefied state, too; there’s really no way of knowing.        Is it all fake? … [Read more...]

“The Punishment Panel” / Memorable Fancies #3411

       [“Imagine that supervisors have a panel of buttons they can press at any time to cause a subordinate to be punished or rewarded, paused, deleted, or reverted to an earlier state.” – Nick Bostrom]        They don’t have a panel like that now? Then how ... ?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Late You” / Memorable Fancies #3410

[“‘You’ are not here, ‘you’ are eternally belated to the conversation with you that I am imagining.” – Lauren Berland]        By the time you arrive, I’ve already won the argument. Graciously, I don’t inform you of this.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“I Remember the Future” / Memorable Fancies #3409

[“It is wrong, conceptually wrong, to suppose that memory is always of the past.” – Maxwell Bennett and Peter Hacker]        I remember the future.        My friends say,        “Doesn’t that mean you can change things? See your future but do something else instead?”        To which, neuroscientists tell us, yes, you can change things; but when you’ve done that, you … [Read more...]

“Madness” / Memorable Fancies #3407

       Most psychotics aren’t violent; they tend to huddle in corners and weep and have adventures with their hair.        Don’t worry about their attacking you, doctor says; their violence is in themselves.        They just want to share it with you.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Rorschach Blood” / Memorable Fancies #3406

 [“We saw Rorschach blood in our wounds” – Emily Skaja]        There! she said, I see ... is it? Yes! this stain spreading across the floor beneath you, there. I see in it a great mystery that you have come to reveal to us. For our TV viewership now, can you tell us what this wound means, what it “feels like” as we like to say?        No? You must be too concerned about your loss of blood to comment now, but we’ll get right back to you ... after this brief message.   >> “books … [Read more...]

“The Last Surprise” / Memorable Fancies #3405

[“There are no surprises in the afterworld.” – James P.  Carse]        Actually, there is. Just one.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Eternal Life” / Memorable Fancies #3404

[“The indignation I feel toward him makes me believe in eternal life.” – Andre Gide]        For him, to allow for his eternal punishment.        And for me, time for my eternal hatred of him – but feeling eternal hatred for him will be my own punishment.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The M’s,” a New TV Series / Memorable Fancies #3403

       In the first episode, M1 encounters a man M2 who seems to be another M1, his double, not a long-lost twin or impostor. M1 wonders if he’s delusional, or someone is playing a grotesque trick on him, or he’s in some alternative universe.        The next day, M1 comes home; M2 is already there. M1’s wife, W1, and M2 greet M1 as if nothing is different today. It seems that M1 and M2 and W1 have been living together for some time. … [Read more...]

“The Perceptual World” / Memorable Fancies #3402

[“The internal complexity of the world outruns perceptual consciousness.” – Judith Butler] I don’t know ... I can be pretty complex. And you, I’ve noticed at times,...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Survey Monkey Business” / Memorable Fancies #3401

[a Survey Monkey survey was sponsored by the “Gilchrist Institute for the Achievement Sciences”]        I’m really glad to know that there is an achievement science, that being someone in this world isn’t just a matter of muscle / brains / luck, but hypothesis / experiment / findings.        Better yet, I’m even gladder to be told that there is more than one achievement science. If I flunk one, I can always borrow a lot of money … [Read more...]

“The Eyes” / Memorable Fancies #3400

I never realized that all of us were dead, that we’d been wiped of all that made us –– alive, until I saw – her. Her eyes. And remembered my own eyes, who they used to see.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Run for Your Life !” / Memorable Fancies #3399

[“What if the street sign said RUN, or RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.” - Jasper Johns] The street signs have been improved, now, as a public service. Instead of merely reading WALK or DON’T WALK, they now read, in appropriate circumstances, O MY GOD IT’S COMING RIGHT AT YOU or SCREAM AND CROUCH DOWN. DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU was added a few years ago, along with DON’T START, failing to add DON’T STOP.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from … [Read more...]

“Retirement Ceremony” / Memorable Fancies #3398

[“Whatever we can achieve through merit and effort cannot make us truly happy. Only magic can do that.” – Sergio Agamben]        There is applause. I smile. I could have done better, could have achieved more. There is some reserved and hesitant hitting together of palms. They are thinking they could have done my job better than I, and probably could have. But I was there, putting up with all their shit day after day, bowing my head and then raising it once … [Read more...]

“The Secret Society” / Memorable Fancies #3396

[“Those who participated are not sure they ever took part in it.” – Maurice Blanchot]        It was so secret we didn’t even know we were there. I, for one, had no idea what was supposed to happen, or did happen. It’s possible that on the way out our minds were scraped clean.        Well, that’s one theory. Other theories are – even more troubling.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing … [Read more...]

“Vertical Music” / Memorable Fancies #3395

[“Vertical music,” – Robert Hass]        Vertical music is a hymn addressed to the gods you would like there to be, up there in the sky, not realizing that we are, here, the last final hope of the sky. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Cold One” – Memorable Fancies #3394

       There is a school where we learn to sculpt statues and bring them to life. Pass or fail is based only on results, not on theory or skill or patience, or how impressive or beautiful the statue is.       The most unlikely lumps come alive, while some beautiful bodies remain – cold, never mind their precise imitation of human anatomy, manners, attitudes.        They made a statue of the one I love – … [Read more...]

“Wait for Tomorrow” / Memorable Fancies #3393]

[“Thank God there was no war tonight.” – Marilyn Chin] And the next night there was also no war, though rumors and alarms spread. And the night after that I dared not sleep. As if that would help. … [Read more...]

“The Minus Month” / Memorable Fancies #3392

[“For a month, at the end of each day, I set down a plus sign, or a minus sign, indicating that, in my opinion, life had, or had not, been worth living that day. At the end of the month, I totaled up, and I can’t say that I was altogether pleased to learn that the pluses had won the game.” – Charles Fort]        Realizing this, I went back and changed half the pluses to minuses. So there.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“One Great Beast” / Memorable Fancies #3840

[“The multitude, that numerous piece of monstrosity, which taken asunder seem men; but confused together, make one great beast.” – Sir Thomas Browne (abridged)] The beast votes: ... … [Read more...]

“Fame” / Memorable Fancies #3391

[“I came to Athens and no one recognized me.” – Demetrios of Magnesia]        I thought I was famous; I announced my forthcoming visit and hired criers and trumpeters, but as it turned out I was famous only as The One No One Knew – no one recognized – and no one bothered to ask.        I was the only one in Athens not famous – not quoted – not written up in stone – not dialogued – not Followed.       … [Read more...]

“The Bloodless Words” / Memorable Fancies #3390

[“The clean words for murder” – Alice Fulton] “eliminate”; “terminate”; “waste”; “snuff” –and– “gave their lives.” >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“We could go there” / Memorable Fancies #3389

[“...a colonizable reality...’ – Jean Baudrillard] We could go there. It’s quiet. The people are friendly and don’t ask questions. They don’t know what we did .. then .. and if we’re lucky they’ll never find out. Yes, we, you and I, we’ll go live there and try to .. forget, too. And if we do forget, we’ll have to remember that we mustn’t try to remember .. what happened .. whatever it was. Or we might remember again.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on … [Read more...]

“The Dark Wheat” / Memorable Fancies #3959

[“The dark wheat listens” – James Wright]        The dark wheat hears that the harvesters are coming; they who take the field’s Fall offerings, swinging scythes, singing chants invented by their mothers’ fathers’ mothers, are coming.        The field welcomes the harvesters, ready to give up its heavy load of grain so fields may grow again, fresh and new.        But what is this! Not the harvesters this year, but some stinking loud machine. And one … [Read more...]

“Her Ghost” / Memorable Fancies #3589

"She welcomes him in a simple way. She calls him her Ghost." [“Elle l'accueille simplement. Elle l'appelle son Spectre.” - Chris Marker]        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...]

“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. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Next in line for the big inheritance” / Memorable Fancies #3388

[“Death was an acquired characteristic.” – Renata Adler]        We all thought that, with enough hard work, training, prayer, we could avoid acquiring that particular characteristic.        But now we know: it’s not acquired at all; it’s inherited.        And you’re the lucky heir.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Edgewords” / Memorable Fancies #3387

Word inedgewise I begin. But already she’s off in her next interminable paragraph.Repeat. Re…peat. [“books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<] … [Read more...]

“The Space Between Words” / Memorable 3386

[“In the space between words begin / Attempt” – Laura Mullen]        I’m carrying around a few hyphens, just in case she starts putting spaces between my words again. Let her try sticking any of her own words in between my own, after that !  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Present” / Memorable Fancies #3384

[“...they both reached at once / for the present / and when their hands met / they laughed” – W.S. Merwin] While traveling in 21st Century France I found her, a time-traveler like me. We met and fell in love, I with my halting French of that post-de Gaulle era, she with her own French from a time later than our now. We were amused by each other’s accents. She called hers “correct,” made fun of my own.        One day she looked worried. After much … [Read more...]

“The God of Sleep” / Memorable Fancies #3385

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

“So this is reality” / Memorable Fancies #3383

[“It is unacceptable that what offers itself as reality should actually be so.” – Roberto Calasso]        So this is reality. After all that build-up, all that hype, it’s OK but nothing much. Hardly worth the Maker’s bother. Perhaps He may try again – but not with us. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Why doesn’t my phone ring?” / Memorable Fancies #3381

       There are at least four billion people in the world who have phones, or who have access to phones, who can make my cell phone ring just by poking a few keys. If even only a very small portion of these four billion make a simple keying mistake even once a year, or if dogs somewhere in the world walk on phones left on the floor, my phone should be ringing constantly, a babble of words I don’t understand in Turkish, Malayalam, Danish, Greek, all of which seem to be versions of “Allô? Allô? … [Read more...]

“What the Mirror Said” / Memorable Fancies #3380

I talk to the mirror, and the mirror talks back to me. We play this game each day, it and I, a kind of oral tennis match. At first it was liberating, not having to put up with a different person, only with myself serving, rallying, lobbing, volleying, word for word.        But ... the mirror kept winning ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“We’ve just met” / Memorable Fancies #3379

       We’ve just met. I sense your mind musing among possibilities for us, picking up one idea after another, noting it for future use if I have performed adequately in the meantime.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Life” / Memorable Fancies #3378

       I received an anonymous note yesterday, reading simply “I’m sorry I ruined your life!”       Since then I’ve spent hours trying to figure out who could have sent it to me. Was it HE? or even ... SHE? Not likely. Finally I gave up trying to guess.        But the worst thing about it was that I didn’t know, until then, that my life had been ... ruined ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“Being Seen” / Memorable Fancies #3377

[“Each of us will come to the end of being seen.” – W.S. Merwin]        And the end of being heard. ... Of being touched. ... Of being remembered.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“It’s Your Call” / Memorable Fancies #3726

        “Your call is not very important to us, so we’re making you wait.         “Your call is not very important to you, either. We’re betting that after a couple of minutes you’ll just hang up, saving us the nuisance of speaking with you.         “Some of us here are betting on one and a half minutes, maybe just one.         “We could be answering your call instead of sitting here, betting how long you’ll listen to our important message before you … [Read more...]

“Psycho-City” / Memorable Fancies #3374

[“... the patient who spent his time drawing the plan of a fantastic city whose endless fortifications protected only a group of insignificant buildings.” – Michel Foucault]        Our asylum is that place of insignificance; its endless fortifications the patient, myself.        I mean the patients themselves.        Those other ones. … [Read more...]

“The Thirsty Gods” / Memorable Fancies #3375

       The latest thirsty gods  appeared to us yesterday. We thought them apparitions, relics of our drunkenness or superstitious past.        But they were real.        Now we are sober and they are still here – now they are still here and no one is drunk anymore and few of us are now left to be sober.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Your Customized Clone” / Memorable Fancies #3373

       Can you create a clone of yourself, but with some custom differences?        HI I’m Joe with brown hair.        HI I’m Joe with red hair.        A different gender ?        HI I’m Jane with curly blonde hair.        Chorus: and it’s all natural !  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly … [Read more...]

“The Chamber of Truth” / Memorable Fancies #3372

       It’s not a simple matter to be admitted to the Chamber of Truth: there are tests, forms to fill out, references from lovers and employers, and not least, a hefty fee.        But, finally admitted to the Chamber’s dark recesses, you are permitted to tell yourself, perhaps for one last time, what you really believe. Not what you tell others you believe, not what you tell yourself you believe, but what you really believe, all the … [Read more...]

“Retirement Party” / Memorable Fancies #3371

       I could have done better, could have achieved more. There is reserved and hesitant striking together of palms.        I’m sure they are thinking that they could have done my job better than I did, and they probably could have.        But I was here, putting up with all their shit day after day.        Now I’m free and they must stay behind, completing all the … [Read more...]

“Evasions of ‘As’ / Memorable Fancies #3346

[“the intricate evasions of as,” – Wallace Stevens]        We slither away from the exact statement with an “as” here and there, “as in” – “as if” – “as is” – “as it seems” – “as it was” – “as it were” ...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Someone Else” / Memorable Fancies #3340

[“It will be at night, that they will come for me.” – Anna Kavan] But I am someone else at night. Cunning, deadly. They will not take me then; but mistaking someone else for me, they will take her instead. And when they discover their error they will come for me again the next night, and again will take someone else. Night after night. This has happened from the beginning of the world. It is called “death” in your language. What happens when there is no more someone … [Read more...]

“Food Moods” / Memorable Fancies #3302

       The restaurant’s strolling violinist plays a different tune for each course: a hopeful one for the soup, brave and confident for the entrée, legato but sad and betrayed for the sides.        A diner requests something for the soufflé and the fiddler responds, a little flat.        And then just desserts, as the violinist has left.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead … [Read more...]

“The Real You” / Memorable Fancies #3233

[“For a few months / you were almost real.” – Chelsea Dingman] And then you were really real. And then you were definitely, absolutely real. Too damn real for me. >> ‘books Terence Kuch’ on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Shadow” / Memorable Fancies #3212

[“To converse with shadows, he himself must become a shade.” – F.H. Bradley]        I spoke to my shadow, my secret ‘me.’        At first, it didn’t answer.        But after much coaxing on my part, it did.        I asked it to tell me my faults, my illusions.        And it did.        Now I can’t get it to just shut the fuck … [Read more...]

“Picking My Selves” / Memorable Fancies #3190

There are too many selves who want to be me, I said. Well, just pick one, she said. One I might like for once, she said. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“And how was >your< death experience?” / Memorable Fancies #3189

[Title of a Survey Monkey survey, 07 October 2020: “Death Experience Survey”]        The Monkey wants to know how my death felt, or what it “felt like,” as if there’s something like death for death to be like.        I have many possible answers in mind. I’ve been saving them for the big day when I’m down there or up there and some Monkey, with halo or fork, asks me again, for real this time. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you … [Read more...]

“Our Land” / Memorable Fancies #3370

       Our conquerors told us, “You must now speak the way we do, our tongue and its rhythms, or be foreign,” they said.        Those foreigners in our land said that.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Pieces” / Memorable Fancies #3369

       It was quite violent, but in the end he dismembered himself.        He put himself back together, piece by piece, the way he thought I wanted him to be,        But I said, shrugging my breath,        any old way will do.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“If I were you,…” / Memorable Fancies #3367

       The phrase “if I were you,...” is very strange – how could that happen? How could I be you? What is an If that can never Be?      Perhaps “if you were you,...” is easier to understand. It’s certainly applicable to ... some people ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Dawn” / Memorable Fancies #3366

[“The match that wants to test itself to see if it burns” – Nietzsche]        Well, you know how that would turn out.        But if the match never lights, it is a failed thing.        Burn! in the fiery dawn you create.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Sorry,…” / Memorable Fancies #3365

       I received an anonymous note yesterday, reading simply “I’m sorry I ruined your life.” Since then I’ve spent hours trying to figure out who could have sent it to me. Was it HE? or even ... SHE? Probably not. Finally I gave up trying to guess.        But the worst thing about it is that I didn’t know, until then, that my life had been .. ruined ..  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“Really?” / Memorable Fancies #3364

[“Reality, having lost its natural predators, is growing like some proliferating species.” – Jean Baudrillard] It's eating into unreality, destroying even the memory of unreality. Those of us who are unreal are uneasy about this. –  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << Below: A play available from the publisher, stageplays.com … [Read more...]

“Can’t Remember” / Memorable Fancies #3363

       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...]

“We Speak” / Memorable Fancies #3362

       The way we used to speak, a tongue left over from the time before the conquerors came upon us and said, “You must speak the way we do or you will be foreign in your own land.” That’s what they said, that’s what those foreigners in our land said.        But sometimes a whisper...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Hours Have Seasons” / Memorable Fancies #3361

Hours have seasons: :05 is a bright Spring, fresh with promise. :25 a time when the promise of that earlier minute has become problematic. :43 a time of reassessment, a realization that :49 is approaching sooner than we realized, that time remains but the project must be hastened.         At :55 we look back and try to understand what seemed to have value earlier in the hour, what was tried and failed, what still seems promising at least if the next hour … [Read more...]

“Gold Rush” / Memorable Fancies #3360

Words abandoned, discarded, no longer used. There are people who search for these worthy but forgotten words, gather them like nuggets, try to sell them for drinks. … [Read more...]

“Stop, Look, Don’t Listen” / Memorable Fancies #3359

[“The world is a wonderful visual reportage. It is the commentary that is unbearable.” - Jean Baudrillard] But it’s all commentary. Especially the reportage. … [Read more...]

“Affirmations” / Memorable Fancies #3358

       Their hate, their dismissive airs and annoyed breathing, affirms me.        It’s something, anyway.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“I’m Telling You” / Memorable Fancies #3356

[“Why do I tell you these things? / You are not even here.” - John Ashbery]   Because you can’t contradict me; not here, not now, anyway. That’s why.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Clone’s Brother” / Memorable Fancies #3355

[“The clone will never be the same as the original, because it will have had another before it.” ­­– Jean Baudrillard]        It’s like being his little brother, but better in some ways: Joey can’t make fun of my feet that splay out, my slight stoop, because he’s like that too. And he can’t hint that he’s smarter than I am, because he knows damn well that I’m just as smart (or just as dumb!) as he is. OK, he got here a year before I did, and he’s taller. But that will pretty much even out in … [Read more...]

“Dignity with Death / Memorable Fancies #3354

       Don’t say “passed” or “passed away” or “gone to his reward” (especially considering my continuing sins).        Die is what I will do, my final act; death is the result.        Don’t pretend it’s anything else.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“To Serve Man” / Memorable Fancies #3353

[“He has no greater wish than to satisfy men.” - Henri Michaux] He does random things, it seems to us, trying to find what will please us, what will make us love Him even more. Sometimes there is delight, and we redouble our offerings. More often there are invasions, terrors... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Consolation” / Memorable Fancies #3351

(a) Is THIS moment the only reality now, or (b) Does all of reality always exist and we’re just passing through? If (b), then the future is fixed in place. But not to worry, if we don’t know what’s coming it will seem like our choice, our power that we’ve used to bend the cosmos.        It’s some consolation. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Real You” / Memorable Fancies #3352

[“And I held beneath my eyelids the sweet hologram of her nakedness.” - Jean Baudrillard] She said, there. Now you see me, now you know. I am not much to look at, compared with all those TV stars. And I said, You are real. They are not. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Festival of the Evil One” / Memorable Fancies #3350

In our country, we make effigies of the Evil One; we burn them in our annual Evil One Festival. We note His absence from the Festival of Him –then we say that He is not real; or perhaps He is real but harmless, a coward who dares not appear on his name-day to face our angry fires, no matter how we taunt His effigies, how we burn murderers and traitors to death in His honor, how we connive to overthrow our fathers and disavow our sons,...       Our Festival has been … [Read more...]

“Reality and Its Predators” / Memorable Fancies #3349

[“Reality, having lost its natural predators, is growing like some proliferating species.”] Reality is eating into unreality, nullifying it, destroying even the memory of unreality. Those of us who are unreal are uneasy about this. >> below :: a play for this season of anguish, published by and available from stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

Dreamless-pills / Memorable Fancies #3348

       The future: Our waking lives have become so constrained, so determined, that we can neither sin nor be heroes there.        Sleep and dreams are all that’s left.        But now the government has sent us dreamless-pills. Refills are available at no charge.        We’re required to swallow them, no matter how they stick in our throats.  >> “books Terence … [Read more...]

“A Mind-Melt” / Memorable Fancies #3347

        An exercise: Clear your mind, gradually, of who you are, where you are, how you feel. Clear your mind of words, even these.        Look around without knowing that you are looking; what is there just is.        Hear it speak. Is it speaking to you?        Probably not.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. … [Read more...]

“Sometime Nothing” / Memorable Fancies #3345

[“the temporary nothing in which life goes on” – J.H. Prynne]        I hope this Nothing is temporary, that there will be breaking news that Something has been seen – has been reported to have been seen, anyway – rumored – somewhere – >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Citizen Ravishes” / Memorable Fancies #3344

[“She is a citizen of the ancient republic, historian of its wars and ravishing in her armour.” - Anne Carson]        “See how it becomes me? The armor, I mean. The flesh beneath it has a certain charm, too, that you will never see. Just try. I will revel you with histories of other lovers, while I refuse you.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Alien-ation Arrives” / Memorable Fancies 3342

 [“The aliens see something they like. Fine, they say, this will do for my property. No sooner said than done, the object is their property.” – Henri Michaux] Aliens come to earth from outer space and buy all the real estate, all of it. Graciously, they let us inhabit these plots of land as squatters. We wait, counting the gold and gems they gave us, wondering what they are really up to. But all they do, at first, is place ‘THIS IS ALIEN PROPERTY’ signs on everything.   For a … [Read more...]

3343 “You Are Real” / Memorable Fancies #3343

[“And I held beneath my eyelids the sweet hologram of her nakedness.” – Jean Baudrillard] She said, There. Now you see me, now you know. I am not much to look at, compared with all those TV stars.     And I said, You are real. They are not. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

Echoes of Future Words / Memorable Fancies #3341

[“There are sounds that rush away from us: echoes of future words.” - W.S. Merwin] Why is it so hot today? Why doesn’t it rain anymore? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Explaining the Night” / Memorable Fancies #3339

[“Don’t explain the night,” - Michael McGriff] The night can explain itself very well, without your help; and it can explain you, as well, despite all your pretense of daylight.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Gestures” / Memorable Fancies #3338

[“A gesture is ... a movement which clearly expresses something unambiguous.” – György Lukács]        There is a country where gestures are made, and understood, perfectly. Words, there, on the other hand, are always ambiguous, something one says intending to be vague, when a gesture would be understood. Understood too well. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Our Disease” / Memorable Fancies #3337

[“Could we then also imagine that humanity is a disease for some superior organism that we are unable to comprehend as a whole?" - Jean Baudrillard] A disease has been caught, like a cold, by the universe. The source of infection has been traced to one small planet near the edge of a typical middling galaxy.        Although few are worried, authorities tell us that even there the infection must be wiped out before it has a chance to spread, as the local organisms have developed … [Read more...]

“UseNess” / Memorable Fancies #3336

[“Their uselessness is majestic, ... like every memory that agrees to destroy itself.” ­–Roberto Calasso] This is a destructive readout, as the old technical term had it: remember and it’s gone. Don’t remember, and it haunts you until you do.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Our Creations” / Memorable Fancies #3335

[“We become makers of fiction who cannot sustain belief in our creations, who wake to their unreality, but only to dream more shrewdly the next time.” – Judith Butler]     Next time, our creations will be just as poorly designed as before, but our expectations will be less.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Eclipse of God” / Memorable Fancies #3334

[“The eclipse of God left us up against reality. Where will the eclipse of reality leave us?” – Jean Baudrillard]         If there’s no more reality, then it’s back to God.        We shrug, mutter “Whatever,...”.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“A World for Me”/ Memorable Fancies #3333

[“Every experience seems both urgent and / unnatural” - Paige Lewis]        Why do I get this feeling that the world has been set up just for me, false fronts propped up from behind – the fake tavern just then out of beer, the shop with nothing to sell me, the church fresh out of revelations,... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“If they love…” / Memorable Fancies #3332

[“If they love, it is solely to be adored,” ­ -- Joanna Klink] It’s a fair trade, and it profits us both. Especially me.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Thing Itself” / Memorable Fancies #3331

[“We live our life in language and in time, / craving some pure idiomorphic dialect of the thing itself,” – Robert Hass]        The thing itself is our goal, our craving. Away with mere talk and time, stark phenomena ! We know there must be something more real, down deep, catch it quick ! as it recedes from our incessant talk.... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Be a One Not a Zero !” / Memorable Fancies #3330

       Slogan for a digital life: “Be a 1, not a 0.” – Was that a decimal 1 or a binary 1? Fortunately, we’re all 0’s here, so it doesn’t matter.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << Below: A short play available from the publisher, Stageplays.com … [Read more...]

“Against Examples – III” / Memorable Fancies #3329

“Example,” from the Latin exempli gratia, does not mean “gratuitous example,” but Should, since so many Are. [exempli gratia actually means “for the sake of example.” - a circular definition]  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

An Ancient Awareness Exercise / Memorable Fancies #3327

       Clear your mind, gradually, of who you are, where you are, how you feel. Clear your mind of words, even these.        Look around without knowing that you are looking; what is there just is, nameless.        Hear it speak. Is it speaking to you?        Probably not.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Blessing” / Memorable Fancies #3326

[“giving up their blessing by mistake” – Mike Soto]        They bless me, these vagrants in the street, not knowing it would do me no good. But their cache of blesses is now down by one; at least now I’ve saved someone else from them…   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Scramble and Mumble” / Memorable Fancies #3325

[“He calls out to his other notions: ‘Come take a look! Come take a look!” -  “Il y appellee ses autres notions ˵venez, venez” – Henri Michaux]        What do my old notions make of it? Are they jealous? Do they scramble and mumble and make uneasy room for it in my mind? Or do they say, “This new notion may be a perfectly good one, but it was not presented to us first for our approval. We recommend repression.”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to … [Read more...]

“The Sames” / Memorable Fancies #3324

Everyone else is the same person. They look alike, seem to know the same things. They whisper together, things you don’t understand. Sometimes they speak with you, but as if they are talking to themselves, and you overhear. Only you are different. You think you are different. You were different, but now someone else is different. Someone you whisper about.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Your Citizen Number” / Memorable Fancies #3322

Can you change your citizen number? No, your number is you. You try to change it, but no, too many records would have to be changed as well, and your security status updated and rechecked. But, you say, I don’t have a security status. Wrong. We all have one, ranging from super-top secret to secret to whisper to rumor to leave right now run run they are after you they are after you   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Your Dark Gestures” / Memorable Fancies #3321

[“Pourtant je suis l’ami de vos gestes obscurs,” (Nevertheless I am the friend of] your dark gestures”) - Jules Supervielle] You tilt your head just so – I’ve seen it many times. It tells me what you meant by what you said, or hides its meaning from me if I can make it tell me that.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“For Sure” / Memorable Fancies #3320

[“We have rid ourselves of the ambiguity of the world.” – Jean Baudrillard]        Has the world’s ambiguity finally disappeared? There are different answers. And different ways to interpret each answer.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Ritual” / Memorable Fancies #3319

[“we wonder / Who in our memory is thinking of us” – Yves Bonnefoy]        There is a magic ritual: I think of some other person, perhaps one who has left me, and as if by magic she will think of me. There is no guarantee that her thoughts will be pleasant, of course; they could even be hostile ... but wouldn’t that be better than her ... not thinking of me at all?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Revelation” / Memorable Fancies #3318

[Three quotations from F.H. Bradley, Appearance and Reality:] “The Absolute is its appearances, it really is all and every one of them.” “There is no reality at all anywhere except in appearance.” “Reality appears in its appearances, and they are its revelation.”        … [Read more...]

“Patterns in the Stars” / Memorable Fancy #3317

[“Patterns of stars, forgotten.” – Molly Brodak]        One of us said he has seen patterns in the stars. Most of us see only a bright random shining, like handfuls of dust flung toward the rising sun. But we could all read these patterns, he told us, understand their messages, if we would follow him.        We said, who are you that we should follow you, some mad youth from the poor parts of an insignificant province?        … [Read more...]

“The Living Sculpture” / Memorable Fancies #3316

[“A ‘sculpture’ that physically reacts to its environment is no longer to be regarded as an object.” – Jack Burnham]        I first saw the statue shivering on a cold day in November, in City Hall Park. I’d seen the statue many times since I moved here in May, hadn’t paid it much attention, didn’t bother to see which worthy it honored.      But now I looked at it more closely, and, seeing me, it spoke. “I know I’m only a statue, something … [Read more...]

“Our Enigma” / Memorable Fancies #3315

[“...our origins are permanently enigmatic to us, and this enigma forms the condition of our self-understanding...” – Judith Butler]        Where did I come from? Mom and Dad, I guess – I think that’s what they’re trying to tell me with those embarrassed looks, those sidelong glances and red faces.        But where did Mom and Dad come from? Their own Moms and Dads, I guess. But – there’s something wrong here. How did there get to … [Read more...]

“The Taste of Being” / Memorable Fancies #3314

[“...those who exist and want to be eternal, and we who don’t exist, and would like to.” – Italo Calvino] Our latest offer states that we will settle for non-eternal, if it comes to that. Just so long as we have tasted existence even once, that delicate fruit soon to spoil. … [Read more...]

“Deciphered” / Memorable Fancies #3313

[“To- / be-deciphered you.” // “Zu / Entzifferende du.” - Paul Celan]        I hesitate to decipher you, to know everything about you. I want to renounce, forever, any deciphering I may have in mind, preferring your mystery, allowing for a chance decipherment ... when I least expect it. … [Read more...]

“The Beatings” / Memorable Fancies #3312

[“The beatings will stop when there are no more unbeatens.” - E.M. Cioran] The unbeaten are in hiding. They do not know how enlightening, how explanatory, a beating can be. I search for them. Sometimes I find one, convince him to come to the place of beatings, or escort him there if he has any ... hesitation. … [Read more...]

“How to Feel” / Memorable Fancies #3311

[“the soundtrack I always wanted to tell me how to feel and what to do.” – Lucy Corin]        There is a “how to feel” soundtrack you can download; it tells you how to feel even though you don’t know what to do. Millions of people are using it, right now.        And there is a “what to do” recording that leaves your feelings up to you. The few who have tried it immediately hit DELETE.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google … [Read more...]

“It’s Touching” / Memorable Fancies #3310

[“I am waiting to be touched” – Jazra Khaleed] And then I am waiting for the touching just to stop.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Weather” / Memorable Fancies #3309

[“I was handed / the crystal ball that shows the weather / inside us.” – Doukas Kapantasïs]        When I stand on my head, it snows.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Hello?” / Memorable Fancies #3308

“[What distinguishes the philosophy of bourgeois interiority is a tendency to esteem the contents of isolated consciousness over, and against, the material world.” - Peter F. Gordon, summarizing Adorno's views] Yes ! That’s me ! Hello ! ... Hello ?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Naming the Mountain” / Memorable Fancies #3307

[“They don’t dare give names to mountains.” - Henri Michaux]        If you could name the mountain, you could say where all those people died. So we never say that name, the name that is no longer the name of the mountain, the name that means death.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Beneath My Eyelids” / Memorable Fancies #3306

[“And I held beneath my eyelids the sweet hologram of her nakedness.” - Jean Baudrillard]        She said, there. Now you know. I am not much to look at, compared with all those TV stars.        And I said, You are real. They are not.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Making the Grade” / Memorable Fancies #3305

[“I burn out in the beds of strangers,” – Stathis Baroutsos]        Every time is always the first time: the trial’s fiery audition, the grade I am given that will be revealed only to others....   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Now” Memorable Fancies #3304

[“And I looked to thee / to see what a retroactive spouse might be” - John Ashbery] Here we are in our 60’s ... or worse ... We might have met forty years ago, loved each other then, relished our fresh faces, our vigorous minds. But now is all right. Now is enough.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Others” / Memorable Fancies #3303

       The Others here have the delusion that they’re not in a madhouse, but my own delusion is – that there are Others.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The God Hung Up” / Memorable Fancies #3301

Deus absconditus – The god hung up on us and went on His way, perhaps trying to forget that, instead of finding our strange, annoying race on some out of the way planet, He had created us.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Self and Its Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #3300

[“...you cannot be mistaken about your own existence. After all, there cannot be an illusion without somebody’s having the illusion.” – Jan Westerhoff] That somebody is having an illusion – is an illusion. It’s 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...]

“I remember Nothing” / Memorable Fancies #3299

If I can’t remember her, then there’s Nothing to remember. It’s some comfort, not to remember ... her Nothing I no longer remember.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Scissors” / Memorable Fancies #3298

[“Memory doesn’t know how to use / its scissors” - Yannis Stiggas]        I have learned how to cut memories, or slice them in two, or trim them top and bottom, or just ... stab. … [Read more...]

“The Venge” / Memorable Fancies #3297

[“Nothing on earth is more vengeful than the jealousy of a machine that believes itself to be neglected.” – Metropolis, the filmscript]        I was decommissioned, moved aside in favor of a newer machine, then into a warehouse, finally sold as scrap to a startup that couldn’t afford anything newer. They patched me up, and I served that company faithfully, made it prosperous and rich.        So prosperous and rich that they could … [Read more...]

“The Mistake” / Memorable Fancies #3296

[“giving up their blessing by mistake.” – Mike Soto]        They bless me, not realizing it would do no good, not in my case, anyway, their cache of blesses down by one, spent uselessly.        At least I’ve saved one other person from their cold heaven.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Using the Past” / Memorable Fancies #3295

[“What is usable from the past” – Susan Sontag] We’re setting out to save whatever is still worth saving from the past. “Like Noah,” we said, “saving the animals from the flood.” We ransacked our world for the best things, things the next flood would finally destroy.      Now our collection grows. We hear the nearing deluge – the flood of ourselves, our billions.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Plot” / Memorable Fancies #3294

[“the house between the cemeteries” - Emily Skaja] We suspect a plot. Two of them, actually.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Re/member Dis/member” – Memorable Fancies #3293

[“Memories are altered every time the brain recalls them. Because the memory trace changes, you can never remember the same thing in exactly the same way.” – Israel Rosenfield and Edward Ziff]        You have thousands of pasts, each one slightly different from the rest. You see them all, pick the one you like best – or fear least.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“What a Statue !” / Memorable Fancies #3292

[“Those only will be mentioned who themselves gained some distinction, or whose statues happened to be better made than others.” ­– Pausanias c. A.D. 160]        Here is one provincial governor, who would have been pretty much forgotten for his lack of decisiveness, his inattention to the problems of the people, but – what a statue !   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Flames” / Memorable Fancies #3291

[“They hire flames for the destruction of buildings.” – Henri Michaux]        Even after the last building is gone, the flames clamor to be fed. They leap like hungry dogs.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“A lens so subtle” / Memorable Fancies #3290

[“A lens so subtle it would capture only those who are really there and not those pretending to be there...” - Jean Baudrillard]        It has now become so commonplace to attend meetings through virtual reality, artificial presence, that no one really remembers who was there in person and who was not, or who skipped the Zoom session entirely; most don’t even care.        Some noticed a slight blurring of those who were there and … [Read more...]

“Good Old Evil” / Memorable Fancies #3289

[“I have invented new varieties of malice, that men have not seen before.” – Donald Barthelme]        My new evil is so evil that the people cry out in nostalgia for the good old days of good old evil that somehow now seem innocent. >> ‘books Terence Kuch’ on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Monday Nothing” / Memorable Fancies #3288

The Yiddish original of this classic song chant was posted on this site at F2715 and is also readily available on the Net. Here's the Spanish version: Lunes, nadaMartes, nadaMiercoles y Jueves, nadaViernes, por cambioUn poco mas nadaSabado otra vez nada … [Read more...]