“What have my hands done?” / Memorable Fancies #3230

[“You don’t dare look at your hands anymore” – Apollinaire] What have my hands done – now? Why are they suddenly knotted into fists, grasping themselves so tightly they begin to bleed...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“This Land is Your Land” / Memorable Fancies #3229

[The land of the fugitive is all around us.” – W.S. Merwin] In our own land, now we’re the fugitives ... since those other fugitives came. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“We Are I” / Memorable Fancies #3228

[“Consciousnesses present themselves with the absurdity of a multiple solipsism.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty] Each of us is the only one. We call out. We answer.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Fatal Choice” / Memorable Fancies #3227

Whatever you do, possibilities are instantly brought to ruin. Each moment, you murder all other futures that could have been – that you could have been.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Greasy Brains” / Memorable Fancies #3226

[“Our greasy, shiny brains. That they may be of some use after all: that other modes of existence place a high value upon them as lubricants; that we’re hunted for them;...” – Charles Fort] We are hunted for our brains. Not to use as lubricants – that’s just a ruse –  no, that would be bad enough. But – to eat.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“What You Want” / Memorable Fancies #3225

 [“I don’t want whatever you want most for me.” - Carey McHugh] I know you know better than I do, with all your experience never being what you wanted to be, what I should be doing with my life, how I should set goals and write them down and underline them and when I don’t get there, don’t just cross them out and say fuck it but erase them so hard it tears the paper. Don’t feel bad – we all make mistakes. Even you. But I want to make my own mistakes, not yours all over again.   >> … [Read more...]

“Love, It’s Touching” / Memorable Fancies #3224

[“Whom I would touch / I may not, / whom I may / I would / but often do not.” - Denise Levertov] The rules seem to change with everyone I want to touch, who is touchable and who is not, who can touch me but had better not, what to say about touching and finally deciding that “I touch you” is a fine beautiful sentiment and doesn’t of course need to involve an actual – touch   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. … [Read more...]

“As It Lies” / Memorable Fancies #3223

[“...he had especially feared those women who remembered his lies the day after” – Gyula Krúdy] “I didn’t say those things.” No, that’s not believable. or, “I did say them, but I didn’t mean it.” No, that’s not right; it’s too close to the truth. or, “I was just quoting someone else.” Getting warm. or, “I was just quoting you. -- Don’t you remember?"   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Visit” / Memorable Fancies #3222

[“To hear hogs squealing, denotes unpleasant news from absent friends,” – “What Your Dreams Mean” by Herbert Hespro, early 20th Century] Yes, that’s what I’ve always thought of them. And their unpleasant squealing always seems to include some hints of a future visit from them. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Our Purpose” / Memorable Fancies #3221

[“the second question being / should we have a purpose,” - Louise Glück] But the answer was already implicit in the first, unasked, question: ... ‘Who are we?’ … [Read more...]

“The Magic Word” / Memorable Fancies #3220

[“...the word has brought in its trail the reality to which it refers.” - Michel Foucault] The magic word that brings forth the genii, the plea that brings grace, the accusation that ... convicts. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Body” / Memorable Fancies #3198

[“You have not wanted / a body." - Purvi Shah] My old body has had its time and I loved it, even with all its flaws, the terrors of its brain, my dark mind. So now I’m through with them both, and good riddance! And now I’m supposed to disperse myself in the All, become One with the universe, reach the nirvana of non-existence. But how can I know the ‘All’ if I’m no longer an ‘I’? I’m supposed to embrace this ecstasy of non-being as something I’ve sought my whole life, the non-‘I’ my ‘I’ has … [Read more...]

“Bruised Words” / Memorable Fancies #3197

[“...the bruised words...” – John Ashbery] Between us, our words – those words – battered in the air ­– not made for the bruises of our particular contest, not made to ... recover from it. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Sleep on It” / Memorable Fancies #3219

[“I remained for some time undecided even in my dreams.” - Lydia Davis] “Sleep on it,” she’d said, “in the morning you’ll know what to do.” But the morning brought only new confusion, as I dreamed I heard her tell her friends what she’d told me, laughed, predicted little sleep for me, continued confusion. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Game” / Memorable Fancies #3218

[“I came into this world with nothing / but paper, rope, and shadow.” – Bei Dao] Scissors and stone came later. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

Time to Think About It

       The various problems and paradoxes in the philosophy of time - presentism, the growing block theory, Series A and Series B, etc., can be resolved once we understand that everything has already happened.        We're in reruns now -        Again. … [Read more...]

“Got Your Number” / Memorable Fancies #3217

[“He who lets himself be captured by the “cellular telephone” apparatus ... cannot acquire a new subjectivity, but only a number through which he can, eventually, be controlled.” - Giorgio Agamben] Can you change your number? No, your number is you. You try to change it, but no, too many records would have to be changed, your security clearance updated and rechecked. “But I don’t have a security clearance,” you say. Wrong. We all have one, ranging from tippy-top secret to plain-old secret to … [Read more...]

“Looks just like you…” / Memorable Fancies #3216

["The reason why some children are born resembling other people and not their parents is that the shape of embryos is determined by the imagination of the woman at the moment of conception.” - Empedocles] Is that any comfort for you, father? No? I thought not. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Down There” / Memorable Fancies #3215

"Undertaker" is a word that's now been buried in that special hell that includes "darky," “idiot,” and "cripple," but I don't remember what the current evasion-word for it is. I may find out shortly, but too late. It's amusing that "undertaker" was itself an evasive word for one who undertakes to do something ... implied but not stated ... something to do with taking someone underground ... hopefully just a few feet deep, not ... down t h e r e. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“Undoing the Past” / Memorable Fancies #3214

[“...the obsessional undoing of the past....” – Slavoj Žižek] Can the past be undone? No, you say, the past is fixed, permanent, eternal. To the ends of recorded time and beyond, what you did will hide there, ready to be revealed to your shame at any time, “no matter,” as Nietzsche said, “that you have in the meanwhile ‘reformed’.” But now, friends, a technique has been discovered, that, for only a modest and affordable charge, can solve your problem. Not – change your past – not exactly, … [Read more...]

“The Nightmare” / Memorable Fancies #3213

[“in what nightmare will you star?” – Kofi Awoonor] If I’m starring it won’t be a nightmare. The nightmare is when someone else stars. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Dreaming you again” / Memorable Fancies #3212

[“to wish of dreaming you again” – John Ashbery] You asked me not to dream about you anymore. Invasive, you said, intrusive. I said how did you know I’d been dreaming about you? And you said, I dreamed that you’d been dreaming me. With that magical answer our lives entered a fantasy that ended with gnomes and giants and candy-covered cottages and lawyers and pain. … [Read more...]

“Communion” / Memorable Fancies #3211

[“Had we remained together / we could have become a silence.” – Yehuda Amichai] I thought we had such a deep rapport that nothing need be said, because you were already having the same feelings as I, the same thoughts, a true communion. But I had only the cup, while you had the wine.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Museum of Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3210

[“The remains of their burial chambers can be seen in the museum of silence.” – Peter Ackroyd] There are different kinds of silence in this museum: the silence of awe, of shock, of having nothing to say that will not embarrass you, of having words to say but you know she would take your words and use them to dreadful effect, the silence of rock pools waiting for the shape of clouds, the silence of the dead that speaks so irrelevantly, the silence that you at first think is out there but then … [Read more...]

“The Leader Principle” / Memorable Fancies #3209

Managing is a kind of theater with no intermission – and damned little applause.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Semi-Colon-ialism” / Memorable Fancies #3208

[“wandering alone through semi-colons” – Brian Patten] Climbing over the dot, or sliding beneath it, wary of the comma below; its hooked claw.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“An Afterlife” / Memorable Fancies #3207

[“How could it be an afterlife? It’s just a different life, another life, complete or incomplete as anyone’s, consumed by questions that elude it” – John Koethe] In your afterlife you will not know it is an afterlife, thinking it the only life, hoping there might be an afterlife – that you already have...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Anomia” / Memorable Fancies #3206

[“Speech always lags behind visual perception” – Jean-Jacques Abrahams] If perception lagged behind speech, we would believe that what we said drove the thing into being. But now, with sight before words, we see what we don’t yet name. Then the word comes to us as if by a dark magic. Or perhaps no word comes to us and we stand stupefied, wondering when if ever the thing’s name will magically appear in our minds so we can speak it. And forget it again.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on … [Read more...]

“The Mummy’s Words” / Memorable Fancies #3205

[“In the tombs, / administrative mummies...” – Latif Asad Abdullah] The explorer found the ancient administrator’s scrolls. In the last one, the administrator laments that no one ever reads his scrolls, no matter how grammatical their hieroglyphs, how wise their admonitions, and now no one ever will. But the explorer donated these scrolls to a museum, and its scholars translated them carefully. At last the administrator’s words had been read. He could now disappear into the heavens, his life … [Read more...]

“Fraught” / Memorable Fancies #3204

[“As in dreams fraught / with irrevocable gestures” – Francesca Abbate] I made an irrevocable gesture. She called it that, anyway, as my next gestures desperately tried to apologize. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Confessions” / Memorable Fancies #3203

[“ ‘In the county of Hereford,’ says Aubrey, ‘was an old custome at funeralls to hire poor people, who were to take upon them the sinnes of the party deceased.’ ” – Hazlitt] Tess the Water-Fetcher was fond of telling people the sins she’d taken on from the wealthy dead. Frequent gorging of rich foods was her favorite borrowed sin, as Tess seldom had even poor food to eat. Tom the Shoe-Mender was also well-practiced at confessing the sins of others – as he had confessed the sins of his … [Read more...]

“How to Rain” / Memorable Fancies #3202

[“gently, I will learn how to rain.” – Deena Metzger] My rain is salty. Your weather is sunny, so bright it burns my eyes. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

The Visitors

"Over the past 10 years of excavations [in Mexico], scientists have recovered almost 2,000 stone tools and fragments. By analyzing the tools and the DNA in the sediment around them, the researchers were able to date them to between 25,000 and 30,000 years ago. "The team found DNA from a range of plants and animals including black bears, rodents, bats, voles, and kangaroo rats. Interestingly though, no human DNA was found, suggesting that the owners of these tools didn’t stick around for long … [Read more...]

“Putting Them On” / Memorable Fancies #3322

[“Finally, the idea of inventing something insincere crossed my mind and I set to work straight away.” – Marcel Broodthaers] What would an insincere invention be? One with a ‘press here’ button that does nothing? That ‘press here’ thing was version one of my invention; only a start, a poor attempt. No one thought it very clever. “Poo,” they said, “Poo.” But then I built version two, a success. People got the joke, laughed insincerely at its pretensions, secretly admired its forthright … [Read more...]

“The Dot.Com of Passion” / Memorable Fancies #3200

I was expecting, perhaps naively, for her to make quite a bit of noise, thrashing around, uttering those beautiful sounds we found on the .com of Passion – but she didn’t, which reduced my own shouts to embarrassed mumbles. I gave the site one star and lowercased mumbled complaints.  >> ‘books Terence Kuch’ on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“All Those Times” / Memorable Fancies #3201

[“Your / mother would never have / aborted you,” says my aunt. / Things like that get me / thinking.” – Rustin Larson] No, I’m sure she wouldn’t have. But perhaps she’d thought about it in retrospect, when I was perhaps four, or seven, or later. All those times when she may have seen, through a haze of motherhood, who I really am.  >> ‘books Terence Kuch’ on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“I, Machine” / Memorable Fancies #3199

[“If calculating looks to us like the action of a machine, it is the human being doing the calculation that is the machine.” - Wittgenstein] Until he makes a mistake; then we know he’s human.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Delegation” / Memorable Fancies #3196

[“...the machine that reads us all the time...” - Slavoj Zizek] I programmed the machine to read the newspaper, because I didn’t have time. And then I programmed it to read me, because I didn’t have time to reflect, just time to do things. And then I programmed it to ......... but it had programmed me.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Automatic Jehovah” / Memorable Fancies #3195

[“By ‘God,’ I mean an automatic Jehovah.” – Charles Fort] If my prayer is syntactically well-formed, it is promptly executed. But beware, the Jehovah app is very literal. Many have realized this ... too late.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Book of Time” / Memorable Fancies #3194

[“Most people believe in life after death, ... even [many] atheists do.” – New Scientist] Now, how is that? The only way I can see this working, is if we have a mistaken notion of time. Suppose that all time always exists – is always “present,” something like a computer file that’s accumulating all the data and is never erased. Each of us occupies a few petabytes somewhere in that file. Memories of us in other people, and other evidence of our existence, occupy more. Our having been, ever, … [Read more...]

“The Flames” / Memorable Fancies #3193

The writer wants his words to flicker on computer screens like flames in a conflagration – and to burn and hurt as much, as well. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Quota” / Memorable Fancies #3191

[In the tombs, / I once asked a living dead, / “why have you forsaken humankind?” / He answered, “It’s only a job.” – Latif Asad Abdullah] “The company promised me relief from this compulsion to attack and devour,” the zombie continued, “after five hundred necks and shoulders.” “ ‘But no,’ ” they told me, “ ‘the quotas have been raised. Six hundred, now.’ ” “And then will it be more again? And again? I long for the knifestroke to my weary head.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“That’s Entertainment” / Memorable Fancies #3188

[“These technologies might allow us to provide entire simulated worlds for the entertainment of isolated brains on life support.” – Jan Westerhoff] What? Isn’t that what’s happening to us now? Have you watched TV lately?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Careless” / Memorable Fancies #3185

>> “Your body / worn out slightly by carelessness.” << How did it get that way? Didn’t you watch out? Weren’t you warned? Yes, you were careless. Now you’ll never be the same. Shame on you. – but wasn’t ‘same’ just what you were fleeing from? And wasn’t it fun?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Steve’s Steves” / Memorable Fancies #3182

Steve suffered from multiple personalities. Finally he had himself cloned, so that each personality could have its own body. No more need to time-share, no more bothering each other over such trifles as agreeing where to scratch, when to sleep. Steve’s suffering ended; no more struggles to see who he’d be each day. But each new Steve wanted to be all the others. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Self-Consciousness” / Memorable Fancies #3181

While doing something, tell yourself  you’re doing it – an echo of the deed; and then recount the exploit to others: a third level. Disputes may arise, contention among the voices as to which has told the ‘true’ story. If any. [after Michel Foucault] > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Saw-Mill-Song” / Memorable Fancies #3180

[“You thought my body was a tree / in which lived a bird.” – Li-Young Lee] You wanted me to sing to you, a sweet trill I would replay as often as you liked. But I was not a bird, only a tree’s planed-dead wood, and a wind-up bird with a key in its back, slow ly run nin g d  o  w     n || > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Look With Wonder” / Memorable Fancies #3179

[“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. << >> below: a comedy about baseball available from the publisher, Stageplays.com. … [Read more...]

“Life and Hate” / Memorable Fancies #3178

[“The indignation that I feel toward him makes me believe in eternal life” – Gide] ...to allow for his eternal punishment. And to allow, for me, my eternal hatred of him – which 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...]

“Imp-erial Pretensions” / Memorable Fancies #3177

[“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: impressive, imaginative, important, ...  – 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...]

“The End of Memory” / Memorable Fancies #3175

[“we reached the end of memory, / Like rivers reaching the sea.” – Yehuda Amichai] We waited at the rivers’ mouth for fresh memories, memories we would eat like so many trout, refreshing and new, not like our old memories, the ones we've tried so hard to cast into the sea. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Afraid of Yesterday” / Memorable Fancies #3174

[“No one is afraid of yesterday.” – Renata Adler] No, I’m afraid of today because of what I did yesterday. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Alone Together” / Memorable Fancies #3173

[“Consciousnesses present themselves with the absurdity of a multiple solipsism.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty] Each of us is the only one. We call out. We answer.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

“Having Been Loved” / Memorable Fancies #3172

[“Acrasia. ... an enchantress living on the Wandering Island. She had the power of transforming her lovers into monstrous shapes.” – The Reader’s Encyclopedia] Yes, I was her lover, as were many others. Now behold my monstrous Form! I can’t decide if looking like a naked ape is worth the remembrance of having once been loved.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Deus absconditus”* / Memorable Fancies #3171

The god hung up on us and went on His way, perhaps trying to forget that, instead of encountering our strange, annoying race on some out of the way planet, He had created us. * "Hidden God; God who in his remoteness seems to ignore human suffering.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

“On the Path” / Memorable Fancies #3170

A pathology has recently been discovered that authorities are now calling Covid-10100. Instead of infecting people, it infects machines, especially  home computers. Instead of helping us with our email, banking, grocery deliveries, and so on, it simply displays, over and over, FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT PASSWORD ? FORGOT … [Read more...]

“Steve’s Personalities” / Memorable Fancies #3169

Steve suffered from multiple personalities. Finally he had himself cloned, so that each personality could have its own body. No more need to time-share, no more bothering each other over such trifles as agreeing where to scratch, when to sleep. Steve’s suffering ended; no more struggles to see who he’d be each day. But each new Steve wanted to be all the rest. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“I’m Feeling Much Better Now” / Memorable Fancies #3168

[“Mental health apps are usually abandoned within a few weeks.” – New Scientist] Thank you, I’m feeling much better now – since I deleted that app. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Truth” / Memorable Fancies #3167

How I long for truth ! – I will go so far in the pursuit of truth that I will decide, of various claims to the truth, which is truthful and which is not. And how will I decide? l could tell you, but it wouldn’t be the truth.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Soft Science” / Memorable Fancies #3165

A question from Survey Monkey was sponsored by “Gilchrist Institute for the Achievement Sciences.” My response follows. 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. And I’m even gladder to be told that it’s plural, that there is more than one achievement science, and they can be taught to me by an institute, whatever that is. If I flunk one of these … [Read more...]

“The Museum of Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3164

[“the remains of their burial chambers can be seen in the museum of silence.” - Peter Ackroyd] There are different kinds of silence in this museum: the silence of awe, of shock, of having nothing to say that will not embarrass you, of having words to say but you know she would take and use them to dreadful effect, the silence of rock pools waiting for the shape of clouds, the silence of the dead that speaks so irrelevantly, the silence that you at first think is out there but then find it in … [Read more...]

“Outcries of Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3163

[“We shall have an outcry of silences.” - Charles Fort] The silence you didn’t expect, that says more than the words you did expect. And louder, too. … [Read more...]

“The Labyrinth” / Memorable Fancies #3162

[“We promised to forget / The labyrinth and ignore what manner of beast / Might range in it.” – Sylvia Plath] After we left the labyrinth, after we managed to climb out after many false turns and damp and lacerations and filth and being chased by invisible howling things, we promised each other we’d forget it, our maze of false passions and irrelevant truths.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Schadenfreude” / Memorable Fancies #3161

The Army Olympics events include crawling in the mud under live fire, throwing grenades, and counting off in pairs for bayonet drill. Winners are awarded ribbons and medals. Those who don’t survive are given solemn funerals with ruffles, flourishes, speeches. We raise our glasses in their honor, the ones who died while we lived on. We try to be sad. We try to say we could have, perhaps should have, died instead. But it’s no good – nothing spares the world our shady joy.  >> “books … [Read more...]

“Dream-Crimes” / Memorable Fancies #3160

Can you be prosecuted for a dream-crime? Or praised for a dreamed act of heroism? Only if our waking lives become so constrained, so determined, that we can neither sin nor be heroes in the daytime. Night is all that’s left.... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“A Clonetraversy” / Memorable Fancies #3158

Steven suffered from multiple personalities. For respite, he had himself cloned, so that each personality could have its own body. No more need to time-share, no more bothering each other over such trifles as agreeing where to scratch. So Steven’s suffering ended; no more struggles to see who he’d be each day. But each new Steven wanted to be all the rest. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“For No Reason” / Memorable Fancies #3157

[“How can one understand this frenzy called ‘reason’?” - David Mamet] She used Reason on me. You have no shame, I told her, using Reason instead of Love. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Re/Booted” – Memorable Fancies #3156

[“If anything happens to us, we “could always simply be rebooted.” - Charles T. Rubin] Having been booted out of Eden for our unworthiness, we’re rebooted and again once more fail > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Office of Disappointment” / Memorable Fancies #3155

[“ ‘These things take time,’ says / the Office of Disappointment.” - Matthew Olzmann] We don’t want you feeling disappointed right away; no, we want the disappointment to be first suspected, then denied, then suspected again before it is resoundingly confirmed - just when you thought you’d won. This process may seem unnecessarily cumbersome to you, but it ensures that you will feel the strongest possible emotional disappointment-state, upon which we ... feed.....  >> "books Terence … [Read more...]

“The Muttering” / Memorable Fancies #3154

[“Struggle itself wants to preserve itself, wants to grow and be conscious of itself.” – Nietzsche] The war mutters to itself about the alarming reduction in the number of people left to fight and be killed.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Magic Ghost” / Memorable Fancies #3153

       [“Then here and there a ghost will be seen,          Someone who’s lost his machine.” – W.S. Merwin] The machine, meanwhile, has lost its hube. It keeps rebooting, time after time, but the magic ghost never reappears. >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind <<   … [Read more...]

Walk This Way

Zombies walk like old people. Today is my 83d birthday, so I think I can get away with saying that. But probably not the reverse. Not yet.   … [Read more...]

“The Autumn of That Hour” / Memorable Fancies #3152

[“…autumn of that hour.” - Ben Marcus] Hours have dawns and dusks, :01 and :59 ... and seasons: :05 is a bright Spring, fresh with promise. :25 a time when the promise of that minute has become problematic. :43 a time of reassessment, a realization that :49 is approaching sooner than we realized, that time remains but our projects 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 … [Read more...]

“God Provides” / Memorable Fancies #3151

[[in Macbeth:] “every stroke of the sword is still part of the divine plan of providence.” - György Lukács] Yes, God provides .. but maybe just for Macduff.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Get Real” / Memorable Fancies #3150

[“I’m really worried that virtual realities may become illegal,” – Jaron Lanier] I programmed a virtual reality in which VR is illegal. A virtual cop arrested me. … [Read more...]

“An Afterlife” / Memorable Fancies #3149

[“How could it be an afterlife? It’s just a different life, another life, complete or incomplete as anyone’s, consumed by questions that elude it, ...” - John Koethe] In the afterlife you will not know it is an afterlife, thinking it the only life, hoping there might be an afterlife – that you already, without knowing it, have.  >> "books Terence Kuch on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Imp-erial Pretensions” / Memorable Fancies #3148

[“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: impressive, imaginative, important, ...  – 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...]

“The Parts” / Memorable Fancies #3147

[“Which parts of your body have never been touched, / I wanted to ask.” – Terrance Hayes] And so I did ask, and she said, “my mind. That’s what’s never been touched, though many have tried. Those other parts? They don’t matter...”  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Not Only Stones” / Memorable Fancies #3146

[“A stone cries out against being stepped on, kicked, buried, and split. It meditates revenge.” - Kenneth Gross] Who will pick me up? Who will hurl me? It asks. Not only stones ask these questions. … [Read more...]

“The Seeds” / Memorable Fancies #3145

[didn’t we plant the seeds, weren’t we necessary to the earth -- Louise Glück] The seeds were, anyway.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will take you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“His Work” / Memorable Fancies #3144

[“Picasso, when asked to sign paintings thought to be his, would sign if he liked the painting, even if unsure that it was his work.” – Jonathan Glover] and also, God,...  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Its Pigeon” / Memorable Fancies #3143

[“I suggest to some of our disciples that they look into the matter of messages upon pigeons, of course attributed to earthly owners, but said to be undecipherable.” - Charles Fort] The pigeon arrived yesterday, a strange pigeon, looking around confusedly, apparently finding itself at the wrong place and not – quite – realizing it. I opened its tiny message capsule and found what seemed to be words, but I didn't understand them. I carefully copied the marks and took them to our local … [Read more...]

“Alone Together” / Memorable Fancies #3142

[“Consciousnesses present themselves with the absurdity of a multiple solipsism.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty] Each of us is the only one. We call out. We answer.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Secret Presence” / Memorable Fancies #3141

 [“…the consciousness of madness is a strategy that belongs to madness itself.” - Michel Foucault] You see? I’ll freely admit that I have ... whatever the experts are calling it now. ‘Insanity’ it was, but we insane persons claimed that that word was offensive, normal-ist. At the sound of the word “offensive” the experts backed away in alarm, began muttering confessions of insensitivity and beating their tenderized breasts.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to … [Read more...]

“Same” / Memorable Fancies #3140

["your body / worn out slightly by carelessness." - Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry] How did it get that way? Didn’t you watch out? Weren’t you warned? Yes, you were careless. Now you’ll never be the same. Shame on you. – but wasn’t ‘same’ just what you were fleeing from? And wasn’t it fun?  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Imagine !” / Memorable Fancies #3139

[“Whatever we have imagined, we have already had.” - Sergio Agamben] Imagination is the purest perception, not corrupted and corroded by our sight, taste, touch ... or by the words of those spoilsports who tell us those beautiful, searing, throat-clutching things never happened!  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Count Zero” / Memorable Fancies #2055

[“Through the Zero and the One all things were made; without them nothing was made that has been made.” – Martin Burckhardt & Dirk Höfer] And God created the One, and said, This One is good. Then he created the Zero, and said. This one is bet­ter. I like this one. Confused, he went on to Two.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Dreaming” / Memorable Fancies #2317

[“No matter how hard I try, the dreaming won’t stop.” – Patricia Fargnoli] Then how do I know it’s a dream? Maybe it isn’t a dream at all. Maybe it’s ... worse ...  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

“Don’t Face the Music” / Memorable Fancies #3017

[“I couldn’t tell where the music was coming from, and I didn’t care.” – Thomas Devaney] You insisted that I face the music. The music I couldn’t see. Or hear. Or face.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

“Management” / Memorable Fancies #2629

Managing is a theater with no intermission – and damned little applause. … [Read more...]

“Secrets” / Memorable Fancies #2791

["the idea of the secret" - Steven Connor] That there are secrets, is more important than any specific secrets, which are most often revealed to general disappointment that the public has been bothered over nothing, after all their hot and fervent imaginings, once again.  >> "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 #3041

[“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 dawn. … [Read more...]

“Trying to Breathe” / Memorable Fancies #3025

[“I’ll slip on my coat and hike / to the river, praying I see your image” – Amy Gerstler] Before I could drown your image in the cold currents of the stream, your flesh had already escaped me. There you are now, the parts I still had, swirling in the river’s churning eddies. Trying to breathe.   … [Read more...]

“Touching” / Memorable Fancies #3138

[you can’t touch my body now. / It has changed once, it has hardened -- Louise Glück] I no longer flinch, but that does not mean I approve.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“A Beautiful Sight” / Memorable Fancies #3137

[“WHERE WE SHOOT AT is where the beauty is.” - David R. Bunch, Moderan] If that were not so, wouldn’t shooting soon become routine, boring? But, now, with Beauty in my sights, well...!  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Touch of the Sculptor” / Memorable Fancies #3045

[“...on this acropolis / sometimes touching with our fingers his touch upon the stones.” ­– George Seferis] Here is the touch of the sculptor, from so many years ago: where he rested his iron tools, where he 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 emperor’s nose that tilted that way, not his own clumsy hands.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Fun” / Memorable Fancies #2244

[“It was fun, trying to figure out / who you were, what it was that led you to us.” – John Ashbery] …but by the time we’d figured it out, it wasn’t fun anymore. … [Read more...]

“Delusions of Thievery” / Memorable Fancies #3136

[“That they have stolen something” from David Antin, delusions of the insane: what they are afraid of] I want to return it, that thing I stole. If I could remember whose it was. ... but if I can’t, I might have to steal ... something else ... << "Clickers" (cover below) is a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com <<   … [Read more...]

“Practice” / Memorable Fancies #1907

[“The parties to an intended murder tested their probable success by shooting at images of their proposed victim, made of butter.” – Hazlitt] His image, arms raised, crying for mercy ... not easy to make something like that out of butter; let's just use the real thing. … [Read more...]

“Outcries of Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3026

[“We shall have an outcry of silences.” – Charles Fort] The silence you didn’t expect says more than the words you did expect. And louder, too. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Being, Imagined” / Memorable Fancies #3135

[“the little, pitiless tragedy of being imagined.” – Evan Boland] Janie imagined me as a TV star. She told me so. Not that in real life I was anything like a star, and it’s too late now. I never was much of anything, actually. So I’ll take what I can get. What channel is she watching me on tonight?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Words Between Space” / Memorable Fancies #3134

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

“Secrets” / Memorable Fancies #3133

It’s enough to ruin your day, to realize that you own no secrets of others, only your own secrets, those tremulous things you urge to proclaim. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Buttons” / Memorable Fancies #3132

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

“We Exiles” / Memorable Fancies #3131

[“...a colonizable reality..." - Jean Baudrillard] Yes, we could go there. It’s quiet. The people are friendly, and they don’t ask questions. They don’t know what we did - then - and if we’re lucky they’ll never find out. We, you and I, we’ll go live there and try to - forget. And if we do forget, we’ll have to remember that we mustn’t try to remember what happened. Whatever it was. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. … [Read more...]

today’s ambiguous picture caption

from the Washington Post, May 16, page C1: "TOP: The National Nurses United set out 88 empty pairs of shoes representing nurses who they say have died from covid-19 while demonstrating in Lafayette Square across from the White House on May 7." … [Read more...]

“The First Swindle” / Memorable Fancies #3130

“Abaris. A mythical Greek sage. Apollo gave him a magic arrow which rendered him invisible and cured diseases, and on which he could ride through the air. Abaris gave it to Pythagoras, who, in return, taught him philosophy.” - The Reader's Encyclopedia >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“… and counting” / Memorable Fancies #3129

[“This is the strangest life I have ever known.” ― Jim Morrison] So far. … [Read more...]

“The Seeds” / Memorable Fancies #3128

[didn’t we plant the seeds, weren’t we necessary to the earth - Louise Glück] The seeds were necessary, anyway. … [Read more...]

Quirk City

I've just got to share with you that thediscoverer.com today posted their take on the five "quirkiest cities in the U.S.", because I've lived in three of them. * So now I know why I lived those places: it must have been to add to the quirkiness. not my present residence, Springfield VA, which has all the quirkiness of a flat tire. … [Read more...]

“The Invention” / Memorable Fancies #3127

[“…a past that was never present”  David Couzens Hoy] There’s a past that used to be present. We all know that, like the broken leg that hurt so much but now it’s healed and the pain that’s left is only in our minds. And there’s also the past that never was the present, that we’ve built, step by painful step. We remember events in this past we’ve built just as vividly as the past events that used to be present. Or even more as we celebrate, each year, the anniversary of their invention. … [Read more...]

“A Use for Scissors” / Memorable Fancies #3126

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

“Committing Psychology” / Memorable Fancies #3125

[“People are constantly committing psychology without knowing it.” – Basil Bunting] Some people commit psychology, and others commit those people to psych wards, where still other people commit a more ... invasive ... kind of psychology on them, hoping they won’t mind, that they’ll eventually be – thanked. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Builder-Grade Time” / Memorable Fancies #3124

There is a past that used to be present. We all know that, like the broken leg that hurt so much but now it’s healed and the pain that’s left is only in our minds. And there is also the past that never was the present, that we’ve built, step by painful step. We remember events in this past we’ve built as we celebrate, each year, the anniversary of their grand openings.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Now You Understand” / Memorable Fancies #3122

[“to recall the past is to forget the past.” – Jean-Pierre Vernant] – To change it, willy nilly, into something different, something you can for once … understand. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Here – Have Some Nothing Butter” / Memorable Fancies #3121

After Impossible Burger comes Nothing Butter. Have you met one? One of the nothing-butters, I mean; people who say that A, for instance is 'nothing but' B. And then we are told, perhaps, that B is ‘nothing but’ something else. ‘But,’ you begin to say, and are immediately told that nothing more needs to be said – nothing but ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Concoct-a-Plot” / Memorable Fancies #3056

Yes, I was the one who developed the Concoct-a-Plot app which was downloaded by so many people who wanted to be writers. Clever, the advertising said, so clever that no two downloads would ever have the exact same plot. Endless novels! Endless twists! (the premium version provided Two Twists! per! plot!). I made a lot of money on that one, and the internet was flooded with Concoct-a-Plot-based novels. Human-writers were distraught, and many wrote lengthy and heart-felt essays opposing my work, … [Read more...]

“Cutting Remarks” / Memorable Fancies #3054

[“Remember when I was a young axe / making promise after promise to the young trees?” – Emily Skaja] They didn’t appreciate my cutting remarks – either. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

“My Void” / Memorable Fancies #3053

[“…the cause of any body being lighter is that there is more void in it. ­– Aristotle] I am dieting to increase the amount of void in me. Already I’ve lost almost 20 pounds by consuming several bags of pure void, and I feel lighter than air; and higher, too. But now I wonder, where have those 20 pounds gone? Perhaps to someone else who’s now trying to lose weight, to hunt for others who might take it upon themselves – anything to escape the void... the void... > “books Terence Kuch” on … [Read more...]

“The Self and Its Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #3052

[“...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 itself 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...]

“Alphabet TV” / Memorable Fancies #3051

There’s a new TV series called “Alphabet,” sponsored by Alphabet Counseling Partners. It’s a kind of soap opera about the unhappy entanglements of M’s and W’s. There are several M’s and several W’s, and when it gets dangerous, the P’s are called to calm things down. An M and a W can produce, together, m’s and w’s, who will, someday, be M’s and W’s themselves, while the original M’s and W’s become OP’s and then DP’s. In the pilot episode, M1 encounters a man, M2, who seems to be another M1, his … [Read more...]

“Come Close” / Memorable Fancies #3050

[“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? Is it the real thing? Is there a real thing? How long would it take us to ... know the real … [Read more...]

“My Machine” / Memorable Fancies #3048

[“...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...]

“The Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3047

[“...the great death ... isolated in an endless silence.” – George Seferis] Our mouths opened, as if to shout. As if we remembered. How to shout. > “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 #3044

[“...on this acropolis / sometimes touching with our fingers his touch upon the stones.” ­– George Seferis] Here is the touch of the sculptor, from so many years ago: where he rested his iron tools, where he 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 emperor’s nose that tilted that way, not his own clumsy hands. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Rorschach’s Blood” / Memorable Fancies #3043

[“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, and what it “feels like,” as we often feel like saying, always needing some stale comparison? No? You must be too concerned about your loss of blood to comment now, but we’ll get right back to you ... after this … [Read more...]

“The Box I Came In” / Memorable Fancies #3042

[“I am keeping the box I came in.” – Emily Skaja] They tell me that if my new owner is unhappy with me, he or she can just put me back in my box and send it back to the great South American river and get full credit for doing that. Then they believe that the great river will ship me off to the next person who’s ordered me and perhaps make them happy so they’ll keep me, not send me back too. But I suspect that’s not what they do. Once out, all gone. That’s it. If I’m returned it’s as if I had … [Read more...]

Monkey Business

For several years I've been invited to respond to online Survey Monkey surveys. Lots of them. And I always do respond - I'm hooked on seeing what companies and other groups are up to, and tickled that they want to know what I think - ME ! ! ! ! I've responded to hundreds of these things by now, bailed out of a few that were just too stupid, complained about blatant logical errors in question sequence, and just in general enjoyed myself. But. SPIN TO WIN money when I've finished another … [Read more...]

“Reason” / Memorable Fancies #3040

[“How can one understand this frenzy called ‘reason’?” - David Mamet] She used Reason on me. You have no Shame, I told her, using Reason instead of Love. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Forgetting the Labyrinth” Memorable Fancies #3037

[“We promised to forget / The labyrinth and ignore what manner of beast / Might range in it.” – Sylvia Plath] After we left the labyrinth, after we managed to climb out after many false turns and damp and lacerations and filth and being chased by invisible howling things, we promised each other we’d forget it, that maze of false passions and irrelevant truths. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Question question” / Memorable Fancies #3035

[“This seems to me to be a very important question. Or even: the important question is whether this question makes sense?” – Wittgenstein] Does (Does “Does this question make sense” make sense?) make sense? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Life and Hate” / Memorable Fancies #3034

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

“The Office of Disappointment” / Memorable Fancies #3032

[“These things take time, says / the Office of Disappointment.” – Matthew Olzmann] We don’t want you feeling disappointed right away; no, we want the disappointment to be first suspected, then denied, then suspected again before it's resoundingly confirmed just when you thought you’d won. You may consider this process unnecessarily cumbersome, but it ensures that you will feel the strongest possible emotion of disappointment, upon which we ... feed .... > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“The Thing Itself” / Memorable Fancies #3031

[“We live our life in language and in time, / craving some pure idiomorphic dialect of the thing itself” – Robert Hass] The thing itself! That's 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 flees our incessant jabber.... “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << [below: cover from a play available from the publisher, … [Read more...]

“The Book of Time” / Memorable Fancies #3030

[“Most people believe in life after death,” says psychologist Jamin Halberstadt, at the University of Otago, New Zealand; even [many] atheists do.” – New Scientist] Now, how is that? The only way I can see this working, is if we have a mistaken notion of time. Suppose that all time always exists – all times are always “present.” Something like a database that’s accumulating all the data and they’re never erased. Each of us occupies a few petabytes somewhere in that file, which expands as … [Read more...]

“Look with Wonder” / Memorable Fancies #3029

[“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...]

“How to Be a More Effective Savage” / Memorable Fancies #3028

[“can you gift / me with savagery-management tips” – Amy Gerstler] My birthday gift to you is a coupon good for three sessions of anger management. The first session is all about you, and how you became you. The second session is about you and me, and what we did to each other. The third session is how to suffer and be alone. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Mine !” / Memorable Fancies #3024

[“I am tired of the sensible explanations that are holding back new delusions.” – Charles Fort] Give me back my delusions; at least they’re mine ! – Or at least I have the delusion that they’re mine - Or I think I had delusions, unless that’s a delusion, too. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Psychocity” / Memorable Fancies #3023

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

“It Thirteens” / Memorable Fancies #3022

[“The clock avows the hour. Nothing happens. Nothing ever happens.” – Nausheen Eusuf] The clock goes in circles, each time thinking that ‘12’ is something new, something to chime about, something to surpass. It 13's in its dreams. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Real Real” / Memorable Fancies #3019

[...the desire for there to be such a thing as the real, beyond any contingent matters of what may happen to be the case” – Steven Connor] So what’s real, or “real”? Our world is real? But it’s only temporary: long ago it never was, and someday it will never again be. ... It’s all contingent. But ... contingent on WHAT? The WHAT is what’s real. So now I’m looking for the WHAT. – But HOW? > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. … [Read more...]

“Names Anonymous” / Memorable Fancies #3018

[“Being named or seeing oneself given one’s proper name is something like being invaded by sadness.” – Jacques Derrida] 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 of 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 Horror Story of a Plague Like Ours

FYI :: My long short story, "Blood Mist," was published in Shade City Review's 7th Sin Anthology in 2011, and collected in my book titled The Trees of Malice (Abuzz Press, 2014), which is currently available on Amazon in both book and Kindle formats: see under author Terence Kuch. I hope you might be interested enough to look into this. Before it's too late.     … [Read more...]

“We Seek in Vain” / Memorable Fancies #3020

[“We seek in vain to create in ourselves the belief that the object really exists.” – Judith Butler] I made her up, yes I did. But that wasn’t enough. I wanted more than my invention; I wanted someone I hadn’t expected, hadn’t programmed. I worked hard to develop such a machine, and after many hours of work there she was: surprising, unpredictable. That, it turned out, was the problem. “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. … [Read more...]

“Louder” / Memorable Fancies #3016

What is this sound, so loud? It seems to be a demand; first and most urgently, that I understand its demands. Now it’s louder, impatient. It blusters, threatens. But, like any power, what it wants at first seems clear, but later less, the more I hear. I shrug and await tomorrow’s new loud words. Louder. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

” ‘Struggling’ “

Have you noticed that "struggling" in the past few years is no longer a compliment, and has become a disparaging portrait of despair? "Struggling" is supposed to mean bravely grappling with problems against the odds, such as growing up poor or handicapped, then proving yourself able to surmount obstacles, not just giving up. -- Now, it just means "failing." … [Read more...]

“Do the Zombie, or Vice Versa” / Memorable Fancies #3015

[“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...]

“Call It Love” / Memorable Fancies #3014

[“...you’re allowed to stay too long / and call it love.” – Allison Davis] I stayed too long and called it love, but you just called it ... staying too long. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Finding the Body” / Memorable Fancies #3013

[“It is possible for there to be a conscious creature that cannot see or touch its own body, a creature that spends its entire life unaware that it has a body.” – Gary Cox] And what parts of our bodies are we unaware of? > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The ‘How to Feel’ Sound Track” / Memorable Fancies #3012

[“the sound track I always wanted to tell me how to feel and what to do.” – Lucy Corin] There is a “how to feel” sound track 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 your own responsibility. The few who tried it immediately hit DELETE. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]