“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...]

“She Said” / Memorable Fancies #3490

[“until / the end of time (which is now)” – William Carlos Williams] wait for it she said wait for it she said too late it’s gone she said she said >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Desperate Toys” / Memorable Fancies #3489

[“The desperate toys / of children” – William Carlos Williams] Bang bang you’re dead Why aren’t you dropping to the ground And bleeding Why aren’t you rolling around and grabbing your belly and breathing hard And bleeding And shaking a fist at me and pointing at me And bleeding And shouting “He did it !” “That one did it!” And bleeding  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

The Wrapt Machines / Memorable Fancies #3488

[“that agony / within where the wrapt machines / are praying” – William Carlos Williams] [“But could a machine think? – Could it be in pain? – Wittgenstein] I know what it is to be in pain. I don’t, quite, know what it is for someone else to be in pain, machine or not.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Mind Dances” / Memorable Fancies #3487

[“the mind dances with itself” - William Carlos Williams] What step shall we do tonight? Waltz ? Foxtrot ? One-step ? Two-step ? Rumba Samba ? ? What shall I call my partner, My self’s mind ? Right and Left, I’ll call them, the Hemisphere Brothers – will be right back after its brief message, its desperate dance … [Read more...]

“Life Sentence” / Memorable Fancies #3484

[“Old friend, here I have brought you / The young soul you long asked of me.” - William Carlos Williams] Take it, quick! Shove it into your breast before your old soul, your old self, knows what’s happening to it ... to you.      You will live longer now.      Too bad about those dreams. … [Read more...]

“Ugly Butterflies” / Memorable Fancies #3483

[“Suppose someone were to say: ‘Imagine this butterfly exactly as it is, but ugly instead of beautiful.’” – Wittgenstein]        You could actually do that. Concentrate on its colorful wings, its eyes, its form, its flight – then imagine it – just the same, but – dead  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Names” / Memorable Fancies #3482

       There are gods we no longer have names for, whose names are banished from our minds, the gods who caused this – horror – to come upon us.        When we need to pray, we scream.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Pray to the Mask” / Memorable Fancies #3481

[“We want to take nothing more to heart, we want to pray to the mask” – Nietzsche]        The mask does not change. It does not bless us with sun one day, ruin us with wind and hail the next, as other gods do.        Often, it does not give us enough to eat, but it does not demand the sacrifice of our grain and cattle and firstborn, so we reluctantly praise it.        What is behind the mask of … [Read more...]

“The Rock-Being” / Memorable Fancies #3480

[“A man was struck by a rock he had looked at too long. The rock had not moved. All the local people can bear witness to it.” – Henri Michaux]        They put the rock in the local museum. Then it was in every gallery. It hadn’t moved. Museum-goers were warned. Some wore helmets.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Souvenir” / Memorable Fancies #3479

[“le souvenir d'un temps deux fois vécu” (“the memory of a twice-lived fragment of time”) – Chris Marker]        Twice lived, once remembered. Will I live it a third time? A second time remember? ... I wait,...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

A World / Memorable Fancies #3478

[A world I think I recognize, and never saw.” – John Koethe] Yes, I will know it again, just there on the horizon – a sea seen many times, but then flat as a map, a sentence flat on the page, but now ! – bright-curling its words around itself.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“(H)Armless” / Memorable Fancies #3459

       In our kingdom, statues are made without arms – that’s the King’s standing order. As his chief minister explained, a statue might, at some unpredictable time, come to life and cause harm.        Also for this reason, statues must not have mouths, lest they wound us with their stony silence; or ears, lest they hear our dismissal of the lives they thought heroic, or at least notable – lives at least worthy of a statue or two – … [Read more...]

“Pieces” / Memorable Fancies #3458

       After they destroyed each other, she rebuilt herself from his pieces – those pieces she’d so disparaged before. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Memoricide” / Memorable Fancies #3457

[“every memory that agrees to destroy itself.” - Roberto Calasso] My memories stopped competing with each other to remember what really happened that awful night. “All that effort,” memory A said, “when I could just do away with myself instead of fighting you.” “Go ahead,” said memory B, promising also to forget... and also leave me alone.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“In-Formation” / Memorable Fancies #3456

[“The final result of our work will be a model in which everything counts as information, even what isn’t there.” – Italo Calvino] You try to say nothing, but saying nothing is itself a message. Then something; suddenly you are saying something. What? What? "Nothing," you say; but the universe laughs at you behind your back. What? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly … [Read more...]

“A Likeness” / Memorable Fancies #3454

 [“ ‘How does it feel to be dead?’ I say.” – Ai] Not “feel like,” but the real experience, unmarred by metaphor, like nothing else on earth. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“I’ll see you in my dreams” / Memorable Fancies #3453

[“Dreams would be a search engine.” - Jean Baudrillard] I had a delicious dream: food that filled but left me hungry; endless sex; breathtaking adventures that I somehow survived. And what I dreamed I sought out in life, and found it. But here, there were consequences... … [Read more...]

“Survival” / Memorable Fancies #3452

[“Society is governed by its will to survive.” – Georges Bataille]        That was the first command.        Seeking other societies to rule was the second. In the name of survival.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Today’s Impotent Rage” / Memorable Fancies #3451

[“How close are you to going through an impotent rage today?” – Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron]        Pretty close, actually, but I keep hoping the next one won’t be impotent.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Confessions” / Memorable Fancies #3450

[“...passing down the halls noiselessly over the carpeted floor, Djuna is aware of confessions seeping out.” – Anaïs Nin]        The Hotel of Confessions, where couples amorously venture, rent rooms, confront each other’s naked forms, their hidden lives.        Perhaps afterwards, elsewhere, there are confessions,...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. … [Read more...]

“The Recitation” / Memorable Fancies #3449

[“a sound that travels out from a silent person’s / Thoughts.”­ – Joanna Klink]        You think your thoughts are waiting patiently to be edited before being spoken. But no; they are there, on your face, silently reciting.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Real Me” / Memorable Fancies #3447

[“What the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.” – Reza Aslan]        Perhaps a little wiser than I am now, a little taller, fitter. Older, but still vigorous. Actually, the more I think of it, the more I see God as quite a bit like me.        I practice a knowing smile, share my opinions more openly, now. Tolerate disagreements less. Find blame a useful punishment for the … [Read more...]

“Homecoming” / Memorable Fancies #3446

A man returns to his home town after thirty years. Sadly enough, everyone he knew seems to have died or moved away. He assumes this, because no one remembers the old friends he asks about. He looks for the home where he grew up, but it’s not there. Locals tell him there’s never been a house there. He continues asking, now more urgently. He becomes suspicious. Who are all these new people? Why, instead of joy at his return, or even indifference, do they now flee in panic at his … [Read more...]

“Memories for Sale” / Memorable Fancies #3445

      You can buy copies of other peoples’ memories, experience thrills you never had. Critics say those memories can’t ever really be yours – it’s no better than watching a movie – and dangerous to your mind as well.         But as you watch a mem it becomes more like you, more like your own memories, your wish to be someone you might have been – not corrupted by your mediocrity, your vain desires – to experience those … [Read more...]

“Out-Rage” / Memorable Fancies #3444

[“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...]

“The Imprint” / Memorable Fancies #3443

[“The imprint they make on each other’s bodies is worth any pain / They may have caused.” ­ -- Joanna Klink]        And the imprint they’ve made on each other’s minds –is that worth the price of struggling desperately, later, to remove it? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“For the Earth” / Memorable Fancies #3442

[“...who will prepare my body, / once I’m no longer in it, for the earth?” – Suji Kwock Kim]        Surprise!, it says; I’m still in here. Now, you’re not going to bury me in the ground are you? Now that I’ve shown you I can still speak, more or less, contorting the hard fibers of my mouth, trying to gesture my rigor-tightened fist.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

The Seeing / Memorable Fancies #3441

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

“Trading Songs” / Memorable Fancies #3445

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

“How Death Looks” / Memorable Fancies #3439

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

“My Excuse” / Memorable Fancies #3438

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

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

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

“The Hunters” / Memorable Fancies #3436

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

“The Day of Creation” / Memorable Fancies #3435

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

“Decisions, decisions…” / Memorable Fancies #3434

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

“How Painful” / Memorable Fancies #3433

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

“The Master Sufferer” / Memorable Fancies #3432

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

“Speech Less” / Memorable Fancies #3431

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

“Playing My Organ” / Memorable Fancies #3430

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

“Looking Around” / Memorable Fancies #3429

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

“Your Other You” / Memorable Fancies #3849

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

“Overs and Unders” / Memorable Fancies #3428

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

“The Stone Lectures” / Memorable Fancies #3426

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

“Wake Up!” / Memorable Fancies #3425

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

“How to Use Scissors”/ Memorable Fancies #3424

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

“The Limits of Machinality” / Memorable Fancies #3420

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

“The Mice” / Memorable Fancies #3419

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

“My Delusion” / Memorable Fancies #3418

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

“The Disarmament” / Memorable Fancies #3417

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

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

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

“My Attachments” / Memorable Fancies #3415

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

“Come Close” / Memorable Fancies #3413

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

“The Punishment Panel” / Memorable Fancies #3411

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

“The Late You” / Memorable Fancies #3410

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

“I Remember the Future” / Memorable Fancies #3409

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

“Madness” / Memorable Fancies #3407

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

“Rorschach Blood” / Memorable Fancies #3406

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

“The Last Surprise” / Memorable Fancies #3405

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

“Eternal Life” / Memorable Fancies #3404

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

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

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

“The Perceptual World” / Memorable Fancies #3402

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

“Survey Monkey Business” / Memorable Fancies #3401

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

“The Eyes” / Memorable Fancies #3400

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

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

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

“Retirement Ceremony” / Memorable Fancies #3398

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

“The Secret Society” / Memorable Fancies #3396

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

“Vertical Music” / Memorable Fancies #3395

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

“The Cold One” – Memorable Fancies #3394

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

“Wait for Tomorrow” / Memorable Fancies #3393]

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

“The Minus Month” / Memorable Fancies #3392

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

“One Great Beast” / Memorable Fancies #3840

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