“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...]

“Death to the Loyal” / Memorable Fancies #3553

       In our kingdom, loyalty is rewarded. In fact, strong expressions of loyalty are expected – required. The insufficiently loyal are subject to disfavor, disgrace, imprisonment.        The trick, however, is not to be too loyal. Above a certain unspecified level, the king becomes suspicious.        Executions follow.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly … [Read more...]

“”The Me and the Asylum” / Memorable Fancies #3552

[“Not just anyone who wants to can go crazy.” – Jacques Lacan]        I applied to the Asylum, having heard that they were running short of patients and were offering bonuses to get people to sign up, to be admitted, to be treated as cases rather than people.        They called me in for an interview, warned me how rigorous the treatment protocol would be, how my Self would be disassembled and put together in a way I might not … [Read more...]

“Parents and Children” / Memorable Fancies #3551

[“Then the parents ordered them to wait until evening. when the parents would return. Then it was midnight and there would never again be parents.” – Kathy Acker]        There was only a small house in the woods, and a nice old lady who said she’d be happy to “take in” (as she put it) small children.        Then it was midnight and there would never again be children.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead … [Read more...]

Begends / Memorable Fancies #3550

[“The world is a story that keeps beginning.” – Li-Young Lee]        We avidly begin once more, hoping this time to reach the end, but we only end by beginning once again.        We avidly ... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Looking for…” / Memorable Fancies #3549

[“now you're just a stranger's dream” – Chromatics]        He looks for the one he dreamed        And finds her –        A different stranger’s dream >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Signs of Drama” / Memorable Fancies #3548

[“When the wicked one takes the stage, a sign: ‘Boo.’ When the hero does: ‘Applaud’.” – Albert Camus]        The producers learned to display these signs after a few wicked audiences completely misunderstood.   >> below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << Composition of objects involving presidential election in USA … [Read more...]

“The Loser” / Memorable Fancies #3547

[“Sexuality is the only finite game in which the winner’s prize is the loser.” – James P.  Carse]        I didn’t think of her as “the loser” after I talked her into bed that time.        But she did.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Our Shadows” / Memorable Fancies #3546

       Our shadows are our real selves; we are the shadows of our shadows.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Multiselves” Memorable Fancies #3545

[“Maybe I can love you with many selves.” – Nabila Lovelace]        Yes, I have many selves; one for each of your tempers, your absences, your attitudes, your excuses, ...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Touch of the Sculptor” / Memorable Fancies #3544

[“on this high place sometimes touching with our fingers his touch upon the stones” – George Seferis]        Here is the touch of the sculptor from so many centuries ago: where he rested his iron tools, where he stood and looked up with pleasure at what he’d made, perhaps noticed a few flaws, thought he ought to fix them – but too late.        Besides, it was the Archon’s nose that tilted that way, not his own clumsy hands.   … [Read more...]

“For Sure” / Memorable Fancies #3543

[“Vagueness might be an intrinsic property of how the universe works.” – New Scientist]        I guess so. More or less. Sounds OK. Whatever.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Organ Music” / Memorable Fancies #3542

[“With Baudelaire, physiology entered into poetry; with Nietzsche, into philosophy. By them, the troubles of the organs were raised to song, to concept.” – E.M. Cioran]        What prelude are my organs playing? What fugue yet to come?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Daring to Love” / Memorable Fancies #3541

[“to love more quickly than the other, to love before you are loved. For if no one shoots first any longer today, no one dares love first either.” – Jean Baudrillard]        I love only in self-defense. It’s the perfect excuse.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Up Ahead” / Memorable Fancies #3540

[“up ahead, in shadow, the past waits.” – John Ashbery]        I was peering behind me, intently, to see if my dark past was still following me, or if I'd finally lost it.        So intently was I staring back that I didn’t see, ahead, my dark future.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I Made the World” / Memorable Fancies #3537

[“Spacetime is a data structure that we create to track and capture fitness payoffs. Physical objects are not antique stage props; they too are data structures of our making.” – Donald Hoffman]        Well, look what I made! It’s a pretty world now, even though I couldn’t figure out how just to stop everything when it was perfect, so now it’s all going to shit.        Next time I make a world I won’t be so ambitious. Those … [Read more...]

“The Problem of Being God” / Memorable Fancies #3536

[“The human being of today is not happy with all his likeness to a god.” – Freud]        I command, but nothing happens. I beseech the skies, but no one is healed. I weep, but no one mourns. I tell the others I have a revelation, but they say I just copied it out of some old book. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Promise of Plastic” / Memorable Fancies #3535

       The cemeteries in our suburb allow plastic flowers only. Nothing placed on a grave can be allowed to fade, wilt, rot. Nothing in the ground beneath these plastic flowers can rot, either, or the promise of plastic would not be fulfilled.        There are stirrings below, those artificial things that were real for us. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Memory Games” / Memorable Fancies #3534

       My memories were competing with each other to decide which were real and which were only wannabe neverdids.        Anyway, that was the game’s worthy goal, at least at first.        But then the cheating began, the low blows, the spurious claims of innocence ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Explanation” / Memorable Fancies #3533

[“The true explanation of an event ... never comes at the time of its occurrence.” – Lionel Trilling]         So how will we know that we have, finally, the true explanation, not just another tale we tell ourselves? When we stop telling those tales ... perhaps. When we let others tell us our tales ... perhaps. ... When everyone is silent and no one tells those tales ... yes!  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Our Myths” / Memorable Fancies #3255

[“a book of myths in which our names do not appear” – Adrienne Rich]        We scan the book quickly, fearing that myths whispered about us will make us the monsters, not their gallant foes, that we might be portrayed as those who run away before phantoms.        But no, none of that. We do not run before phantoms only because we are not in that book, nor any others.        We do not find even blank pages where we could – … [Read more...]

“The Cave” / Memorable Fancies #3385

[“The cave downstairs ... And what hangs out there” – Denise Levertov]        And what might still lurk there        Not yet aware it is in a cave.        Not yet aware there is an upstairs        Where good things to eat hang out        Speaking, uncomfortably and quietly,        About the shadows in … [Read more...]

“The Songs” / Memorable Fancies #3532

[“nouns are sung from the trees” – Sidney Wade] and verbs, from the wind. … [Read more...]

“America Dreaming” / Memorable Fancies #3531

[“America declares these dreams I have every night re-dreamed and pressed into names.” – Michael Wasson]        These people I see in dreams, they must have names even if I don’t know what they are, even if they don’t know their own names and can’t tell me, or know their names and won’t.       The authorities question me about them. The questioning is tense and intense. As in the Middle Ages, these torturers display to me their tools … [Read more...]

“Survival” / Memorable Fancies #3530

       “Yes,” he said, “I understand, sir, your wish to endure after death. Your body, that is. As you said, your body is a really important part of you; you’re very fond of him and you want him to carry on even if your brain is no longer functional, even if your soul (do you believe in a soul, sir? If so, I have a special offer for ... no? ah, well.)        “Where was I? Oh, yes. With our process, your body should survive, in a very relaxed state, of course – a … [Read more...]

“Snow Job” / Memorable Fancies #3529

[“the first time love fell in me like snow.” – Rebecca Lindenberg]        And I gathered the snow to my heart, not realizing, that first time, how cold it could be.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“We need a word” / Memorable Fancies #3528

[“We need a word to designate this object, this tool: but do we need a word to refer to this on Mondays, on Tuesday, etc.?” – Wittgenstein]        We buy a tool on Monday. Monday the tool is very sharp, and we have a special word to describe what it can cut. By Tuesday it’s been used a few hours; it can cut only material softer than it could on Monday. So we have a special word to describe what it can now cut on that day, the name it now is. And so on Wednesday, … [Read more...]

“Boo!” / Memorable Fancies #3946

       It wasn’t even a nickname, “Boo!,” just something said to a baby, hoping to get a response, maybe a giggle. – Something we say to babies.        One of the wise men – one of the wise men looked down into His strawbed crib and called out to Him, softly, “Boo!”        Just a gentle tease, you know, something we say to babies.        But retaliation was swift and … [Read more...]

“The Third Thing” / Memorable Fancies #3527

[“Against all the evidence of his senses, a man who is in love declares that ‘I’ and ‘you’ are one, and is prepared to behave as if it were a fact.” – Sigmund Freud]        There was, between us, something that made of us two, not one as I fondly hoped, but a third thing – separating – us. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Names Anonymous” / Memorable Fancies #3526

[“Being named or seeing oneself given one’s proper name is something like being invaded by sadness, by sadness itself.” – Walter Benjamin]      I have a name; many names. Handles, the others think, by which they can lift and move me, like a pan onto the stove. But all these names, I refuse.        No name names me – even the names I tell myself I am. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Hollow Mind” / Memorable Fancies #3525

[“… knowledge shared by Dionysus and Apollo at Delphi, whose premise is that the mind is a hollow space constantly invaded by gods and voices.” – Roberto Calasso]        The gods keep telling me what to do. I guess I don’t mind that – they’re gods, y’know.        But it’s their tone of voice, their insistence, their threats, that I find so annoying.        But mostly, their refusal to let me, too, be a god.  >> “books … [Read more...]

“Dream-Girl” / Memorable Fancies #3523

[“All the things that one thinks of exist, whatever they are.” – Metrodorus of Chios]        I formed an image of her, my dream-girl.        I imagined her voice, so surprisingly real;        her body, the movements it makes;        what she would do when I asked, even just hinted,        as I made my own movements to guide … [Read more...]

“Try Again” / Memorable Fancies #3521

[“One can do nothing that one does not.” – Max Stirner, 1844] [“Do or do not; there is no try” – Yoda, 1977]        If at first you don't succeed, there are many courses of action. Most of us have tried several of them; “didn’t want to do that any anyway” is especially popular. … [Read more...]

“the tribe, our only god” / Memorable Fancies #3520

[“…la tribu, notre seul dieu, nous tient tous embrassés.” – Henri Michaux]        The tribe is our only god. Whatever our tribe commands, we do unquestioningly, even to the loss of our lives. The tribe, after all, is what ties us together, while each of us is only one alone. How could one presume to seek his own counsel against the tribe’s embrace? We bow, we do.        But one asked, “Who speaks for the tribe? Is he not a tyrant? Does he not command in his … [Read more...]

“One World” / Memorable Fancies #3519

[“The waking have one common world, but the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own.” – Heraclitus]        We do not have one common world – that’s just a dream common to those who sleep.  >> ‘books Terence Kuch’ on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Seeing My Hands” / Memorable Fancies #3518

[“strangled by unseen hands.” - “What Your Dreams Mean” by Herbert Hespro, early 20th Century]        Since they were around my neck and squeezing hard, no wonder I couldn’t see them. … [Read more...]

“This New Information” / Memorable Fancies #3517

[“Information fatigue syndrome is a psychic illness caused by excessive information.” – Byung-Chul Han]        I have now diagnosed your condition. Unfortunately, this new information will just worsen it. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES … [Read more...]

“Names in the Dark” / Memorable Fancies #3516

[“Watching the sun go down I ask you your name.” – Brian Patten]        In the dark you have a different name: more subtle than your dayname, more adventurous, perhaps more dangerous.        I shiver when you speak it.  >> “below: back cover from the novel See/Saw, available on Amazon. << … [Read more...]

“True Forgetting” / Memorable Fancies #3515

[“attempting to make our momentary forgetting true and lasting forgetting?” – James P.  Carse]        How do you forget forever? How do you keep the past from leaping on you out of the dark, carnivorous and hungry? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Likeness” / Memorable Fancies #3513

[“The world loves the flattery that all likeness intends.” – William H. Gass]     But there are many ways to be “like” – there are no two things of which you can say they’re completely unlike – because both are things, they have at least that – thingness, that ‘like’ness – in common. What is it like to be like a bat? in the famous question – the answer, ultimately, is – like every being, like every thing. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to … [Read more...]

“Touch My Body” / Memorable Fancies #3514

[you can’t touch my body now. It has changed once, it has hardened – Louise Glück]         It is not the same body you touched before.        That one is gone.        That one did not behave itself. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“You’s” / Memorable Fancies #3512

[“You shows up where somebody makes you’s.” – Stacy Doris]        So then I went to the You-factory, and said “I am a Me, and I want to buy a You to live with me and be my love.”        But the factory man said, “You are not an “I,” much less a “Me.” You were made here – don’t you remember? – to be a You for some I who’s real. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Do the Zombie” / Memorable Fancies #3511

[“If dead people walked outside our windows we would be no more excited.” – Lydia Davis] ... than if dead people walked inside our windows. If that were to happen, we would really be excited – but not for long. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

Criticism / Memorable Fancies #3510

[“People say I am way too sensitive to criticism.” – Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron]        So I took that to heart, and now when they criticize me, instead of blustering and arguing, I just laugh in their faces and criticize them back.        Now I never hear them criticize me anymore. It is working.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“Secret Bodies” / Memorable Fancies #3509

[“It is possible for there to be a conscious creature that ... spends its entire life unaware that it has a body.” – Gary Cox]        And what parts of you am I – unaware of?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Muttering Like Clocks” / Memorable Fancies #3508

[“all the inner organs curled together in the dark and muttering like clocks” – Allison Cobb]        Counting out your time, second by second, and the alarm is set for...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Heads Fall” / Memorable Fancies #3507

[“Heads fall where an idea prevails; it can prevail only at the expense of other ideas and of the heads which conceived or defended them.” – E.M. Cioran]        Better that persons prevail, than an idea. We can, after all, cut heads off. But an idea, once it’s out in the world, available to all – how could we control that?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

” People Say” / Memorable Fancies #3506

[“People say that I am paranoid” from Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron]        I don’t trust people who say that. What do they want from me? Why are they accusing me? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Small People” / Memorable Fancies #3505

[“To dream that you are an imp” – “What Your Dreams Mean” by Herbert Hespro, early 20th Century] I dreamed I was an imp. I don’t know what that means: important, impressive, ...  – but other people have different opinions of me. Small people. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Law” / Memorable Fancies #3504

 [“To give the law to oneself is the highest freedom.” – Heidegger]        I wrote a set of laws for myself, both criminal and civil. Stringent, as if preparing for some great event. There is an appeals process, and a way to be pardoned – a way to have the offense expunged – even from my mind. That’s the highest freedom.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Silent Killers” / Memorable Fancies #3503

[“Of all the silent killers / none is weaker than my smile” – David Feinstein]        Actually, I had tried several times to kill with my smile, my words “that’s really all right; please don’t worry about it,” that sent people into worrying fits that sometimes proved fatal.        But nobody accused me. I smile.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Law” / Memorable Fancies #3504

[“To give the law to oneself is the highest freedom.” - Heidegger] I wrote a set of laws for myself, both criminal and civil. Stringent, as if preparing for some great event. There is an appeals process, and a way to be pardoned – a way to have the offense expunged – even from my mind. That’s the highest freedom.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Silent Killers” / Memorable Fancies #3503

[“Of all the silent killers / none is weaker than my smile” – David Feinstein]        Actually, I had tried several times to kill with my smile, my words “that’s really all right; please don’t worry about it,” that sent people into worrying fits that sometimes proved fatal.        But nobody accused me. I smile.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Being My Self” / Memorable Fancies #3501

[“I feel like I become a different person when I get angry, as if I am not really myself.” – Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron]        Actually, when I’m calm – that’s when I’m not really myself. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Acts and Actors” / Memorable Fancies #3500

[“Taking some action, telling yourself you are doing it as a sort of echo; recounting this exploit to others, a third level, three voices telling a story.” – Michel Foucault (paraphrased)]        You do something, meanwhile telling yourself you’re doing it, and then remembering afterward that you did it, and then telling your friends that you did it...        Your various selves tell various truths about this.    … [Read more...]