“The Xerox Universe” / Memorable Fancies #2163

There are very many universes, perhaps an infinite number of them – but they’re all exactly like the one we’re in now, everything all over again. Look! See what you did! – what you’re doing – what you’re going to do – an infinite number of times. Yes, you did. … [Read more...]

“Virtues of the Curse” / Memorable Fancies #2162

[An excerpt from Social Abominations, or, The Follies of Modern Society (1895):] “The curse is the direct wish and worded expression of desired injury. It rises to the dignity of earnestness, has in it elements of consistent wrath, and reaches a place of bad eminence among the evil arts. It is, so to say, inverted religiousness, or elaborate diabolism; a sort of worship of the spirits of evil; a mode of prayer to Satan that good may be turned into evil; that the elements may be reversed for an … [Read more...]

“Another Adventure in Anomia” / Memorable Fancies #2161

["Anything that will attract a name" - John Ashbery] I painted the thing bright red, set it outside in the front yard where my neighbors would be sure to see it, and then they'd tell me the thing was ugly and I should take it away. And I'd ask "What thing?" and they'd say "That thing in your front yard" and I'd persist in my ignorance until, angry, they called it a name, and me a name too. So now for a while I can remember two names, call them up in my mind and speak them, deliciously, over and … [Read more...]

“Scratchers ™” / Memorable Fancies #2159

Scratchers are tiny self-powered metal-and-plastic machines having the form of insects (form follows function) that find and scratch your itches. They detect the slight twitchings of the skin that indicate where an itch is in progress and race to the spot, where they protrude miniature mechanical fingernails that scratch your itch until the twitching goes away. Unfortunately, the Scratcher’s travel across your skin itself causes itching (function follows form), but we are developing a … [Read more...]

“Nicknames on Ballots” / Memorable Fancies #2158

Most states allow a candidate to be listed any way he or she chooses, e.g., Martina “Marty” Maraschino; Daniel “Danny” Zuko. But wouldn’t it be more interesting if candidates were to be allowed to assign nicknames to their opponents? Consider: John “Almost Indicted” Henderson; Dorothy “Three Husbands and Counting” Jones. Not fair? But it seems to be fair in negative election ads. We’re just catching up with the common nastiness here.  >> below: one-act political play published by … [Read more...]

“The Metaphor” / Memorable Fancies #2157

[“He had lost the use of metaphor.” – Jean Baudrillard] Losing the use of metaphor is a metaphor for – what? … [Read more...]

“Now the Nose…” / Memorable Fancies #2155

Here in Stanstania it is forbidden to look into the eyes of another. It’s considered too intimate, or perhaps too revealing. Long ago there were eye-masks worn by our men as well as our women. They are no longer needed, so well have we been brought up. We focus on the nose, instead, when we are speaking to one another. But now, the nose, too,... >> below, a comedy about baseball published by stageplays.com. Downloads are free, but fees must be paid for performance << … [Read more...]