“Alternative Histories – I” / Memorable Fancies #2275

In 1649, a court was asked to rule on whether a slave who had acquired some wealth, by one means or another, could own his own slaves. The judges’ affirmative ruling set into motion the events that so trouble us today, the labyrinth of human ownerships that…   … [Read more...]

“The Memory Machine” / Memorable Fancies #2274

The memory machine helps you remember – all those things you’re required to remember. There are other machines, though, that help you forget – forget what the first kind of machine has so annoyingly made you remember. >> below: a one-act political play available from the publisher, stageplays.com <<   … [Read more...]

“GOTCHA!, or, This Is Why You Can’t Ever Win” / Memorable Fancies #2273

“For the most part, human beings live in despair, and they do not even know that they are in despair. In fact, this not knowing that one is in despair is a symptom of despair.” – Judith Butler … [Read more...]

“A Wristery Novel” / Memorable Fancies #2272

The hand without a body – found on a beach perhaps, tempting the famous detective to hunt for its owner, to find the hypothesized killer – a trope common to other body parts as well: a head? There, in the water. An arm? Certainly. A foot? There you go again. But never only a wrist. What is the problem with wrists? How many wrists have been overlooked, considered uninteresting. Is there even a medical specialty devoted to disorders of the wrist? For tennis pros, perhaps, but not for the rest of … [Read more...]

“Reality and Its Hazards” / Memorable Fancies #2271

[Here are some entries from the Index of the classic text The Social Construction of Reality, by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann (1966):] Anger - Anomic terror - Art of mistrust - Bad faith - Brainwashing - Chaos - Culture shock - Demonic possession - Deviance - Disorientation - Entfremdung - Exorcisms - False consciousness - Fetishes, fetishism - Incest - Isolation - Madness, madmen - Mental deficiency - Neurosis - Nightmare - Psychopathy - Revolution - Secret societies - Snarling … [Read more...]

“The Diagnosis” / Memorable Fancies #2270

[“Cancers are waiting / inside and it is up to machines to find them.” – Carey McHugh] “Well,” reported the machine, “there’s one right about ... ah, a little to the left. “No, you know I’m specialized and I can’t cure you; some other machine will try to do that. “And then send you back to me to find the next one.” … [Read more...]

“His Name – II” / Memorable Fancies #2269

His name wandered from place to place, looking for him; but he was hiding under another name, a name unknown to the newly elected authorities. Not the name people remembered from the dictatorship, the name that has now become a curse. >> below: a one-act play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]