four thoughts

"We are the robots our parents warned us about." // "We follow each other but never quite catch up." // "I'm being spammed by other peoples' dreams." // ..... … [Read more...]

“Success !” / Memorable Fancies #2793

[“People are prone to believe in their potential to achieve goals wildly in excess of actual chances, yet seem not less happy when they don’t succeed.” – Mark W. Moffett] Not having tried would haunt them eternally. Attempt!  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Nothing Beneath Us” / Memorable Fancies #2792

There is nothing beneath us but a mental basement reaching down to the core where lava tosses restlessly back and forth, waiting for a sudden rough way upward in a revelation we may not expect, a revelation we may not ... like. >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“It’s All Natural” / Memorable Fancies #2790

Could you create a clone of yourself, but with some custom differences? HI I’m John with brown hair. HI I’m John with red hair. A different gender? HI I’m Jane with curly blonde hair. And it’s all natural!  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Great Carousel” / Memorable Fancies #2789

[“the great carousel of flesh.” – Major Jackson] Around we go, listening to the desperate music, try­ing to find, at last, a tune we can hum.  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“That Fourth Step” / Memorable Fancies #2788

[“... another world began here.” – Albert Camus] Take one step, she said, and you will begin to feel strange. A second step, a third, and you will be there. A fourth step, and you will never remember that you’d been ... anywhere else. I looked around, thinking I’d missed something – something the others here seemed to be smiling about.  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Boats of Heaven” / Memorable Fancies #2787

[“the glass-bottom boats of heaven” – Billy Collins] ...where we look down on the living who are feeding on fronds, wandering among the reefs, making aimless contact with one another ... trying to learn to swim ... then swimming in the increasing heat ... then not swimming ... anymore. >> below: back cover from my novel See/Saw - available from Amazon << … [Read more...]

peeing for god and country

Long ago, being drafted into the U.S. Army included (and probably still does) the ten-minute session called “you troops go into the latrine there and pee in one of them bottles and put your service number on it with the pencil you will find alongside each  bottle and then place the bottles in the designated receptacle leaving the pencil where you found it.” We, being new to the service, had not yet been trained to pee on command, or by the numbers, and so several of us asked, please and kindly, … [Read more...]

“A Mind Full of Eyes” / Memorable Fancies #2786

[“My mind is full of eyes” – John Ashbery] They’re looking around, those eyes, peering suspiciously. I say to all of you present here who are accusing me, those must not be my eyes; my eyes trust you.  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

Prisoner’s Dilemma :: A Variation

from Alain Badiou, Lacan Anti-philosophy 3, page 244: "Lacan presents it [i.e., the prisoner’s dilemma] as a ‘logical problem,’ in which a prison warden summons three prisoners and asks them to undergo a test, which will result in one of them being set free. The warden has five disks, three white and two black; he attaches one disk to the back of each prisoner, so that each can see what color disk the others have but not his own. The first prisoner who correctly deduces the color of his disk … [Read more...]

“Consciousness” / Memorable Fancies #2784

[“Intelligence is mandatory, but consciousness is optional.” – Yuval Noah Harari] Consciousness is a great bother that just gets in the way, by constantly saying “mine!”, “me!”, and interfering with the cool objectivity of my thought.  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Split Person / alities” / Memorable Fancies #2802

[“ ‘Diversity,’ which has come to mean ‘strictly regulated proportions’ rather than unpredictable variety.” – Steven Connor] The end has now come: an individual human being can be “diverse.” How can that be? I’m of two minds about it.  >> below: a political play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“The Vanished Stars” / Memorable Fancies #2783

[“...the ceremony of the Horoscope by vanished stars.” – Henri Michaux] One by one, the stars disappear from our sight, more each night. Our ceremony, once so full of promise, is now perfunctory; brief and mumbled. One by one we leave this place, just as the stars are leaving us.  >> below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“The Vanished Stars” / Memorable Fancies #2783

[“...the ceremony of the Horoscope by vanished stars.” – Henri Michaux] One by one, the stars disappear from our sight, more each night. Our ceremony, once so full of promise, is now perfunctory; brief and mumbled. One by one we leave this place, just as the stars are leaving us.  >> below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Who Changed the Past?” / Memorable Fancies #2780

[“Contrary to common belief, the past is far from un­changeable. The past only exists in our minds, and therefore it takes new shapes...” – Franco ‘Bifo’ Bernardi] What happened yesterday? Last month? This morning I did recall a few events. But after attending this afternoon’s required lecture, I now realize that much of what I remembered didn’t happen. I only thought it had, because I lacked the correct and approved opinion of the past that I have today, thanks to the teachers appointed by our … [Read more...]

“Secret Meeting” / Memorable Fancies #2779

[“Those who participated are not sure they ever took part in it.” – Kathy Acker] The meeting was so secret I didn’t even know I’d been there, because on the way out our minds were scraped clean. Well, that’s one theory. Other theories are even more – troubling.  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Real” / Memorable Fancies #2778

[“It was unacceptable that what offered itself as reality should actually be so.” – Roberto Calasso] So this is reality! After all that build-up, all that hype, it’s OK but nothing special. Hardly worth the Maker’s bother. Perhaps He may try again ... but not with us.  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“From the Wind” / Memorable Fancies #2777

[“nouns are sung / from the trees” – Sidney Wade] ... and verbs, from the wind.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“… and game!” / Memorable Fancies #2776

I speak to the mirror, and the mirror talks back to me. We play this game every day, it and I, a kind of oral tennis match. At first it was liberating, not having to put up with a different person, only with myself serving, rallying, lobbing, volleying, word for word. But ... the mirror kept winning ....  >> See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Storm” / Memorable Fancies #2775

[“... this old permanent storm / within.” – Ron Silliman] Yes, it’s a cliché: “the storm within.” But it’s real, even if it’s only indigestion.  >> 'books terence kuch' on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Last Defense” / Memorable Fancies #2774

[“Madness as a defense against terror.” – Susan Sontag] You still feel the terror, but that’s just because you’re crazy. … [Read more...]

“Statues Come to Life” / Memorable Fancies #2773

[“What is interesting, or useful, about the idea of a statue’s coming to life?” – Kenneth Gross] Interesting, yes. I’ve known several statues who were keenly interested in coming to life. Some had even tried it, with unfortunate results.  >> "Books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

“The Philosophy Festival” / Memorable Fancies #2772

[The [ancient Athenians] “have festivals of all sorts, and philosophers from everywhere pull the wool over your eyes and provide recreation.” – Heraclides Creticus] We wander from booth to booth, listen to their the­ories, applaud or hiss as the mood strikes us. The turned phrase, the outrageous idea, the multisyllabic­ally meaningless ... all that is great fun, but of course no one believes these people, whether they speak of heaven, or morals, or of some dubious fancy they call “democracy.” … [Read more...]

“Plans” / Memorable Fancies #2771

[“You will invent what we will do together.” – Anaȉs Nin] “I’ve invented marvelous, astonishing things we could do to each other,” I said.  “With each other,” you said,  spoiling the moment and causing a sudden  change in  plans.  >> See "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Difference” / Memorable Fancies #2770

[“Philosophers know things in a way others cannot, even though the things are often almost the same as the things we know.” – John Ashbery] But, ah..., the difference,...! … [Read more...]

“Scandalous Revelations” / Memorable Fancies #2769

[“What matters is that the revelations should be able to be sustained indefinitely, without surrendering any of their alleged ‘shock’ .” – Steven Connor] Back on Earth they all, eventually, forgot what I did. But here, in heaven, they remain scandalized, “Shocked, just shocked!” forever. I’m used to that, now: I live on their offense, its sharp flavor, its harsh taste.  >> See "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Future Words” / Memorable Fancies #2767

[“There are sounds that rush away from us: echoes of future words.” – W.S. Merwin] Why is it so hot today? Why doesn’t it rain anymore? … [Read more...]

“The Exposé” / Memorable Fancies #2766

Somewhere there is a book detailing all your faults, all your sins. Everyone has read it but you. You have heard rumors, been the object of disparaging looks on the commuter train. You would like to read it; but the few remaining bookstores have never heard of it. Thank God!  >> See "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Almost-Objects” – Memorable Fancies #2765

[“...the subject must now contend with its own availability and attraction as an almost-object. - Antony Hudek] The almost-object began as a curiosity, something we took children to see, something we pointed at, laughed at, tried to find suitable words to describe. But then talking ceased and catastrophe began. Laughing is now something only dead people have done.  >> See "books by Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Limited Memory Capacity” / Memorable Fancies #2764

I am a pushdown stack. To remember something new, I must push one of the old mems down into forget­fulness. How do I choose which memory to forget? I have developed rules for that. Rules I used to remember.  >> See "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“What I Desire” / Memorable Fancies #2763

[Through desiring a certain kind of object, the subject posits itself unwittingly as a certain kind of being.” – Judith Butler] What I desire, that I am. If I gain my desire, it is no longer my desire, because I have attained it. And that attainment means that I am gone without ever knowing which certain kind of being I was. Better to keep desiring.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“A Dinner’s Violin-ce” / Memorable Fancies #2762

The strolling violinist plays a different tune for each restaurant course: a hopeful one for the soup, brave and overconfident for the entrée, sad and betrayed for the sides, an old sweet song for dessert. A diner requests something in B Flat for the soufflé and is discouraged from dining there again. >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“What sex is the machine?” / Memorable Fancies #2761

[“What sex is the machine?” – Jean Baudrillard] We are here to make more machines, after the machine has screwed us, left us with nothing else. Therefore the machine is male. >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind." << … [Read more...]

“The Names” / Memorable Fancies #2760

Just seeing isn’t enough for most people; they want to be told what they saw, have a name for it. A word satisfies them, however meaningless it is, how much it distracts from the thing itself, the experience in all its reality, makes it seem ... no longer mysterious, no longer dangerous. >> See "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“What you have is…” / Memorable Fancies #2759

[“When a woman goes to her physician and asks, ‘Doctor, what’s wrong with me?’ the doctor is likely to say, ‘Well, you have the flu,’ or ‘You have tuberculosis,’ or ‘You have cancer.’ But the doctor will never say, ‘You have death.’” – Yuval Noah Harari] If the doctor were to say, “You have death,” he couldn’t prescribe any of those continuing and unfortunately expensive pills, nor suggest frequent examinations and consultations together with his even more expensive colleagues. > See "books … [Read more...]

“Our Joy” / Memorable Fancies #2758

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

“Instant Comma” / Memorable Fancies # 2757

[“Every time I say ‘,’ it refers to you.” – Louise Glück] In the comma’s pause I wait for you, uncertain when that pause will end, what will come after, wondering if a “.” will finally appear, put an end to my comma’d confusion.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind <<   … [Read more...]

“Being You” / Memorable Fancies #2755

You can buy copies of other peoples’ memories, feel thrills you never had. Critics say those memories can’t ever really be yours – it’s no better than watching TV, and dangerous to your mind as well. But as you watch a mem it gradually becomes more like you, more like your own memories – granting your wish to be someone who’s not corrupted by – being you.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I Am” / Memorable Fancies #2754

Their hate, their dismissive airs and annoyed breathing, affirms me. It’s something, anyway.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Wall” / Memorable Fancies #2753

[“I’m building a wall in the back of my mind” – Fort Frances] I found all those violent thoughts and put them behind my wall. But I hear them scratching at it. Every night. Wanting out....  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Is Any Body There?” / Memorable Fancies #2752

[“This skull was my own / But it didn’t know me,” – Elena Shvarts] I went into the future and dug up my own bones from the graveyard. Why? Just sentiment, I suppose. I’d looked up the location, the plot number. Quite intentionally, I didn’t look at those four digits on the tombstone that would foretell my death; better it should be a surprise. But why ... why was there a bullet hole in the skull?  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“My Mystery” / Memorable Fancies #2751

My mystery novel is published. At first, nothing. But then reviews appear. I’m pleased that they’re favorable, some even enthusiastic. But I don’t recognize what they’re writing about it. – “Tom” – the hero. No, it was “James.” And the plot – the reviews make it sound like my life, not what I wrote. Not at all. I never wrote about any murder I might have committed. Only about murders done by other people. I’m pretty sure of that. And the murderer is still at large? What kind of novel would end … [Read more...]

“Day Dream Machine” / Memorable Fancies #2750

What if you could design and develop your own custom-made delusions, a day dream machine that turns your hopes or wishes into ... something so real it’s real. Actually, it happened. Don’t you remember? … [Read more...]

“TMI” / Memorable Fancies #2749

[“Information fatigue syndrome is a psychic illness caused by excessive information.” – Byung-Chul Han] I diagnosed his condition as information fatigue syndrome and provided my findings to him in a comprehensive, and very thorough, clinical report. Unfortunately, this new information has only worsened his condition.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind <<   … [Read more...]

“Losing It” / Memorable Fancies #2748

[“We had everything to lose. It was fun.” – Henry Miller] What I lost was very dear to me. What a relief !  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Nightmare” / Memorable Fancies #2747

[“The dream was afraid of itself.” – Roberto Calasso] My dream came to me at night and said, protect me, because behind me is a nightmare, and it is coming fast. And I laughed at it and said, “You are the nightmare.” But it wasn’t.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Three Statues” / Memorable Fancies #2746

[“There is disrespect in setting up a dead man’s effigy and then not unveiling it.” – Max Beerbohm] Statue #1: The former Prime Minister – still veiled after fifteen years as a show of revulsion for his decisions, and his indecisions that were even worse. Statue #2: No one knows who is depicted in this statue’s form. No one is allowed to peek under the covering veil. When the wind blows, we gather, watch the cloth swirl around the form, try to guess who it ... was ... or perhaps ... is … [Read more...]

“The Real Unreal” / Memorable Fancies #2745

[“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? If I do, will I see, finally, the real? I’m taking a chance, here, because the dream I’m leaving may turn out to have been – more real than the dream I’m about to wake up in.  >> … [Read more...]

“Feelbook” / Memorable Fancies #2744

[“the soundtrack I always wanted to tell me how to feel and what to do.” – Lucy Corin] There is a “how to feel” app 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” app that leaves your feelings up to you. The few who tried it immediately DELETEd.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“They told me I came here voluntarily” / Memorable Fancies #2743

[“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. … [Read more...]

“The Taste of Being” / Memorable Fancies #2741

[“...those who exist and want to be eternal, and we who don’t exist, and would like to.” – Italo Calvino] Our latest offer states that we will settle for non-eternal, if it comes to that – just so long as we’ve tasted existence even once, that delicate fruit soon to spoil.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Little Voice” / Memorable Fancies #2740

There is an end to asking questions: just Believe and your questions will vanish as the mist. But a little voice says, “believe WHAT?” and at that point you have another drink and tell the little voice to just shut the fuck up.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“They Are Its Revelation” / Memorable Fancies #2739

Three quotations from F.H. Bradley’s Appearance and Reality: .. “The Absolute is its appearances, it really is all and every one of them.” ... “There is no reality at all anywhere except in appearance.” ... “Reality appears in its appearances, and they are its revelation.” >> Historical note: T.S. Eliot's dissertation at Harvard was a study of Bradley's philosophy <<  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“The Return” / Memorable Fancies #2738

A man returns to his home town after forty years. Sadly, everyone he knew seems to have died or moved away. He assumes this is true, 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 on that lot. 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 children flee at his approach as others … [Read more...]

Your Citizen Number / Memorable Fancies #2737

Can you change your citizen number? No, your number is you. You could apply to have it changed, but too many records would have to be modified, your security status updated and rechecked. But, you say, I don’t have a security status. Wrong. We all have one, ranging from Super-trusted to Sometimes-trusted to Never-trusted to Leave right now to Run run they are after you they are after you // below: cover of a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com // … [Read more...]

“The Ten Million Colors” / Memorable Fancies #2736

[“In the land of the blind, all colors are unbelievable.” – Breyten Breytenbach] And so you teach her about the world without mentioning colors, without telling her that there are thousands, millions of colors she will never see or understand. To tell her about colors would crush her spirit, lead to despair. So you teach her only the word “black.” And she says, “What’s ‘black’”?  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Me, Fossil” / Memorable Fancies #2735

[“This is a fossil of me...” – Meghann Plunkett] They pulled me into the future, alive, because my fossil – my future fossil, that is, is famous – will be famous, and the scientists wanted to examine me to see if, in life, there was some indication that I would become the famous fossil, the first body to be identified as American after ... the war ...  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Secrets” / Memorable Fancies #2733

[“...they live for their secrets” – Radiohead] I forgot my secret. – now it’s even more secret.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Nothing” / Memorable Fancies #2732

[“the temporary nothing in which life goes on.” – J.H. Prynne] I hope this Nothing is temporary, that there will be breaking news that Something has been seen – has been reported to have been seen, anyway – rumored – somewhere ......  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Execution” / Memorable Fancies #2731

[“When a head is no longer sitting on its shoulders, you have a problem on your hands.” ­– Henri Michaux] Your hands need to lift up your head and put it back in its place. But to do that you need to find your head, which may be some distance away from your shoulders, now that the executioner has exercised his skill with perhaps too much vigor, has made the head plunge away from the body, go rolling downhill from the execution grounds, eager children rushing after it for a pickup game of … [Read more...]

“Hours and Seasons” / Memorable Fancies #2730

Each hour has its seasons: :05 is bright Spring, fresh with promise; :25 a time when the promise of that earlier time has become problematic; :43 is Autumn, a time of reassessment, a realization that :59 is approaching sooner than we had hoped, that time remains but the project 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 least if the hour after us would continue on with our … [Read more...]

“Return, Memory” / Memorable Fancies #2729

[“return, memory / moving again through the closed door, / white and effortless, hungry.” – Denise Levertov] Memory is hungry to be filled, to be more than memory, to be happening again, Happening now, now for the first time, Once again  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Baths” / Memorable Fancies #2726

[“Remember the baths where you were murdered”  George Seferis] Like Marat, and the killers made a clean getaway.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Suicide Motel” / Memorable Fancies #2725

[“The development of this project to be pursued without let up, together with that of the Suicide Motel.” – Jean Baudrillard] Early next morning in the Suicide Motel, we suppose we’ve been successful and have now arrived in heaven: white robes around us, brilliant light above. But then the sedative, and then the needle, and then the scalpel...  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Remembrance” / Memorable Fancies #2725

[“What do the dead close to the roots of trees remember?” - George Seferis] They remember nurturing the trees with their blood. – Let their autumn leaves be red again, bright with remembrance.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Rewiring the Past” / Memorable Fancies #2724

[“...the obsessional undoing of the past....” – Slavoj Žižek] Can your 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 since ‘reformed.’” But now, friends, a technique has been discovered, that, for only a modest and affordable monthly charge, can solve your problem. Not – change your past – not exactly, no, … [Read more...]

“Remember Dismember” / Memorable Fancies #2723

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

“The Battle” / Memorable Fancies #2722

Max had painted a battle scene: gouged tank tracks, ruined machines, bombs that might still be live, bodies. That was a long time ago, he said; long ago when he’d painted it, that is. The battle itself? Maybe next year, he said, or tomorrow.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Your Double Life” / Memorable Fancies #2021

There is a you that you might have been, if things had been ... different. This other-you exists. The world has been arranged so that you should never encounter this double of yourself. But once in a long while, owing to a glitch in the Divine Providence parity-check routine, you’ll meet your double. And won’t know that you had.   … [Read more...]

“An Ancient Awareness Exercise” / Memorable Fancies #2719

Clear your mind, gradually, of who you are, where you are, how you feel. Clear your mind of words, even these. Look around without knowing that you are looking; what is there just is, a nameless form. Hear it speak. Is it speaking to you? Probably not.   … [Read more...]

“Monday Nothing” / Memorable Fancies #2715

[“Oh this life that never wants to leave us alone.” – Antonin Artaud] One day life’s nothing, and next day it’s onedamnthingafteranother, and then it’s – nothingalloveragain. RepeatRepeat. "Montik, gornisht Dinstik, gornisht Midvokh un Donershtik gornisht Fraytik, far a noveneh Gornisht pikveleh Shabes nach a mool gornisht."  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Tele-Nundrum” / Memorable Fancies #2718

There are at least three billion people in the world who have access to phones, any of whom who could make my phone ring just by poking a few keys. If even only a tiny portion of these three billion make a simple keying mistake, even just once a year, my phone should be ringing constantly, a babble of words I don’t understand in Turkish, Malayalam, Basque, Greek, ..., all of which seem to be versions of  “Allô? Allô? Allô?” – But my phone doesn’t ring. Why? >> below: a drama about … [Read more...]

“A Kind of Life” / Memorable Fancies #2717

The philosopher George Berkeley said, “To ‘be’” means “to perceive or be perceived” (like, you and your computer screen). What happens to your computer screen when no one is looking at it [except perhaps the NSA or the Chinese, through whose grace you and it continue to exist]?  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“What Systems Want” / Memorable Fancies #2716

["A mythology of ... systems craving integration,...” Jean Baudrillard] I was created to join with others. I have interfaces. I am searching for that first tingle of electrons that tells me another being is near, one who shares my amplitude and complements my polarity.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Deadly Gadget” / Memorable Fancies #2713

[“my body / is a deadly gadget” – Margaret Atwood] No, I’m not some Terminator sent back to destroy you, but an ordinary man. Like all the rest of us, I’m just a gadget – but the other gadgets have not yet grasped the extent of their deadly powers. … [Read more...]

“The Mice” / Memorable Fancies #2712

 [“One day the mice became suspicious.” – John Ashbery] That larger mammal, the one who would lead us to endless cheese: many of us followed him and never came back. But why should they return, if they had reached their goal? And so we argue among ourselves. Some of us are suspicious; others trust. But now an end to debate: the cat is here again, beckoning, grinning.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Beaten with Sticks” / Memorable Fancies #2711

[“On occasion, the insane were publicly whipped, and in a simulated hunt were chased out of town while being beaten with sticks.” – Michel Foucault] Some citizens objected to what they called “such a crazy thing to do!” – But others nodded and said “yes, yes...”  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Adversity” / Memorable Fancies #2710

[“The adversity of the world is its inaccessibility to consciousness, its brute givenness, its absolute alterity.” – Judith Butler] But if it were not so, if this world were my own creation, then it might be even more strange, brutal.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Patterns” / Memorable Fancies #2709

 [“Patterns of stars, forgotten.” – Molly Brodak] There are patterns in the stars. Most of us see only a bright random shining, like handfuls of dust flung toward the rising sun. But one of us has seen patterns. We could all read these patterns, he told us, understand their messages, if we would follow him. We said no, never. He tried to tell us, anyway. We shut him up in a cave where the only patterns were in the rock walls’ dust.  >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will … [Read more...]

“Mental Ungility” / Memorable Fancies #2708

[“the clumsiness of the mind” – Yves Bonnefoy] Your mind is all thumbs and butterfingers. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Who?” /Memorable Fancies #2707

[”that they have no identity” – from David Antin, delusions of the insane: what they are afraid of] – so ... WHO is afraid? … [Read more...]

“Stuck in the Exit” / Memorable Fancies #2706

[“The crowd of thoughts 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.” It left me somewhat confused, until I took the next course, titled “How to Listen to Everything at Once.” >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind <<   … [Read more...]

“How Guilt Feels” / Memorable Fancies #2705

In order to truly accuse, you must re-create the deed and its guilt inside yourself: its filth, its pleasure; not least because you must know, from inner experience, not only what the fault was, but ... how guilt feels .... how guilt about THAT feels. … [Read more...]

“Swallowing” / Memorable Fancies #2704

The future: Our waking lives have become so constrained, so determined, that we can neither sin nor be heroes here. Sleep and dreams are all that’s left. But now the government has sent us dreamless-pills. They’re available at no charge. We’re required to swallow them, no matter how they stick in our throats. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Silence” / Memorable Fancies #2703

[“And we know that there is silence in the future.” – W.S. Merwin] Why can’t we have some of that right now? >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << >> below: My new book of poems from Loyola University / Apprentice House publishers << … [Read more...]

“Each Hour” / Memorable Fancies #2702

[“Machines came into use after autumn of that hour.” – Ben Marcus] Each hour has its season: spring for promise, summer for fulfillment, autumn for harvest, winter for parity errors and crashes... ===== P.S. >> Thanks to John Kelly of the Washington Post for quoting me in his column last week, on an English language question << >> below: a drama about an American election available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Your Touch” / Memorable Fancies #2701

[“I am waiting to be touched” – Jazra Khaleed] And then I am waiting for the touching just to be over with. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Oracles” / Memorable Fancies #2694

[“...the truest oracles were the doves and the responses from the oak.” – Pausanias] We did have to pay professionals to interpret what the doves and oaks were telling us, but that was a small price to pay for the wisdom they imparted. Without those professionals, we’d have had to figure out, among ourselves, what to do, how to live. There would have been disagreements – or worse. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Hotel of Assignations” / Memorable Fancies #2700

That’s the Hotel of Assignations – over there, on that side-street that most people overlook. Couples step quietly inside, sign the register. It is always a very common name. They are always married. To each other. They are always nervous, pretend not to be. Perhaps their luggage has been delayed, please ring when it arrives. They always leave separately, even if by only a few minutes. The night-clerks bet that the woman will leave first. And with that look on her face. >> “books terence … [Read more...]

“Stand Up to Reality” / Memorable Fancies #2699

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

Re-member Dis-member / Memorable Fancies #2698

[“Memories are altered every time the brain recalls them. Because the memory trace changes, you can never remember the same thing in exactly the same way.” – Israel Rosenfield and Edward Ziff] Your life includes thousands of pasts, each one slightly different from the rest. You see them all, then pick the one you like best – or fear least. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Our Dining Guide” / Memorable Fancies #2697

Newly fashionable restaurants in newly fashionable parts of town include: Moo-Moo Hawaiian Dairy Bar Rollin’ in Dough Pizzeria Hibachi You Betcha ! The Sans Repas “That’s a Wrap” Eat Your Heart Out Sous Chef Sushi Grill of My Dreams Chop-Chop Fast Food A Steak Through His Heart [PS: never give a sandwich a name starting with "Turd." as in Turducken Sandwich from Potbelly] … [Read more...]

“Fate” / Memorable Fancies #2696

“It is the fate, they say, of most living things to be eaten alive. Head first.” – Alain Robbe-Grillet … [Read more...]

“The State” / Memorable Fancies #2695

[“The abstract State and its concrete police” – Octavio Paz] When I objected to the representatives of the State about what their police were doing, they said “We are not the State, merely its agents. If you want to speak to the State itself, its power, its decisiveness, its presence among us – go talk to the police.” >>> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Fearful Gestures” / Memorable Fancies #2693

Traffic cops and MPs are trained in making their fearful gestures, but we citizens are not trained in understanding them – we think the cops are doing some kind of arcane calisthenics and wish they’d just get the hell out of the way and let the traffic roll. >>> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Ghost Out of the Machine” / Memorable Fancies #2692

 [“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 Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The end of…” / Memorable Fancies #2691

[“Each of us will come to the end of being seen.” – W.S. Merwin] And the end of being heard. ... Of being touched. ... Of being remembered. Of being. But the end of remembering: that comes first. >>> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Principles” / Memorable Fancies #2690

[“I had all these principles once, and now I just say yes.” - Taylor Mead] I used to say “yes” a lot, but just the same things happened after I finally said “no.” >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Playing Defense” / Memorable Fancies #2689

[“To defend something is always to disparage it.” – Kierkegaard] The act of defending is implicit acknowledgement that there are flaws, shortcomings – a confession that there is a need for defense, that it cannot be left alone to prosper or succumb.... but why are you for some reason the one who must defend it? >> below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Absent Friends” / Memorable Fancies #2688

      [“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 those ‘friends’ of mine. And their unpleasant news always seems to include a hint that they will soon visit me. >>> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Un-People” / Memorable Fancies #2687

[Robots “might fail to see people and objects ‘edited out’ of their view.” – Robin Hanson] We now disappear people humanely. Instead of pulling them out of their homes at midnight, hustling them into tiny cells under a John Doe, so cruel! we now monitor nationwide communication, detect every mention of them or anything they’ve done, online, or spoken near one of our omnipresent electronic ears, and substitute a bland illusion instead. All your memories of former Senator Richardson, for … [Read more...]

“It’s only a job” / Memorable Fancies #2686

[“In the tombs, / I once asked the living dead, / why have you forsaken humankind? / He answered, “ ‘It’s only a job.’ ”  - Latif Asad Abdullah] So I’m running a zombie employment agency, here. Business is slow, but the zombies I represent are very patient. I tell each employer that his zombie has just been fed, and won’t need to eat again for a long time. So there’s no need to watch him. Right now. … [Read more...]

“The Last New” / Memorable Fancies #2685

[“Eventually, something so definitively new will emerge that there can never be anything newer.” – Boris Groys] “Our newest weapons system," the General read from his prepared testimony, “will finally end the...” >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Last Time – II” / Memorable Fancies #2684

[“…those words, ‘the last time,’...” – Louise Glück] There may be last times that last forever, that do not go away. Anyway, that’s what I wanted my last time – with her – to be. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Your Thing” / Memorable Fancies #2683

[“If you’ll gimmy your thing to me I will gamey a sing to thee.” – Finnegan’s Wake] Fair trade – but what she gave me was all she had, while I had another song left – for a different ‘thee.’ … [Read more...]

“The last time…” / Memorable Fancies #2682

[“…those words, ‘the last time,’...” – Louise Glück] How do you know this time is the last time? Next time there may be another time you will call – ‘the last time.’ And again be wrong. >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Making Pictures” / Memorable Fancies #2681

[“when we couldn’t see / we made pictures” – Louise Glück] We pictured our memories, drew or painted them as best we could, feeling the boundaries of the canvas, selecting paints by the feel of their tubes, brushes by their strokes on our skin ... here in the dark... … [Read more...]

“The Like-ness Monster” / Memorable Fancies #2680

[“The world loves the flattery that all likeness intends.” – William H. Gass] There are many ways to be “like” – there are no two things of which you can say that they are completely unlike. At the lowest level, 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 is, ultimately, like being any thing – every thing. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“Attack !” – Memorable Fancies #2679

[“The clean words for murder” – Alice Fulton] “Eliminate” “terminate” ... or just ... “attack!” >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Rage” / Memorable Fancies #2678

[“I feel like I become a different person when I get angry, as if I am not really myself.” – Ronald T. Potter-Efron] Actually, it’s when I’m calm – that’s when I’m not really myself. … [Read more...]

“Belief” / Memorable Fancies #2677

[“We substitute acceptance for belief.” – Charles Fort] Belief is the mind-killer. Do not believe; accept if you must, doubt if you can... for now ... >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Invisible Songs” / Memorable Fancies #2676

[“the invisible song of the machine,” Campbell McGrath] Each machine has a different song, a different rhythm. If you have a car, you know its starting-up song, its cruising song, its idling song, from the sounds of any other car. If you sell your car it will create new songs in honor of its new owner. At night in the garage it will remember its old songs, and hate you. … [Read more...]

“The Game’s Secret Strategy” / Memorable Fancies #2675

A secret strategy – yes! The true secret strategy for the famous game act now only $199.99 and we accept Paypal!, and Visa! formerly known as BankAmericard, from Bank of America formerly known as Bank of Italy [really], and MasterCard! formerly known as Master Charge, which has an "international global" headquarters in Purchase (what did you expect?), New York, and the word “Card”! is pretty much obsolete because it’s all electrons now. No one will pay me $199.99, of course, and will try to … [Read more...]

“The Context” / Memorable Fancies #2674

[“I think of what you’d be like in a ‘context.’” – John Koethe] I thought of various contexts for you, contexts where you might, finally, belong, not seem like an afterthought, or something intended elsewhere but just ... misplaced.   … [Read more...]

“Now we’re getting serious” / Memorable Fancies #2673

[“It was cold everywhere she was.” – Charles Simic] One look from her turned smiles to ice, and that was just for practice. Then, she turned to you... … [Read more...]

“Breeding-places of Lawlessness” / Memorable Fancies #2672

An excerpt from the book Social Abominations, or The Follies of Modern Society Portrayed by Many Eminent Writers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1895: “Within the last three years crime has increased very rapidly, so far as the lodging-houses of the city are concerned. A large number of young fellows hailing from these places have been arrested for stealing blankets from horses ... , or for picking up anything else of trifling value that they could lay hands on. These are beginners in crime, as a … [Read more...]

“Its Pigeon” / Memorable Fancies #2671

[“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 in confusion, apparently arrived at the wrong place and not – quite – realizing it. I opened its tiny message capsule and found words in a language I didn’t know. I carefully copied these marks and took them to our local university. But no one there … [Read more...]

“The Blue Pill” / Memorable Fancies #2670

[“What is ‘real’?” – Morpheus] “Get real,” they said. And I told them I got real once, a real case of it. Kept me out of action for weeks. But now I’m stronger, and it’s back to the blue pill. >> below: back cover from the novel "See/Saw" - available from Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Suspicion” / Memorable Fancies #2669

[“People say that I am paranoid” – Ronald T. Potter-Efron] I’m suspicious of people who say that. Why do they say things like that? Who gives them the right to say things like that? What are they up to? >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“False Fronts” / Memorable Fancies #2668

[“Every experience seems both urgent and unnatural” - Paige Lewis] Why do I get this feeling that the world has been set up just to despair me, false fronts propped up from behind, the tavern just then out of beer, the shop with nothing I want to buy, the church fresh out of revelations,... … [Read more...]

“Sweet Hologram” / Memorable Fancies #2667

[“And I held beneath my eyelids the sweet hologram of her nakedness.” – Jean Baudrillard] She said, “There. Now you see me, now you know. I am not much to look at, compared with all those TV stars.” And I said, “You are real. They are not.”   … [Read more...]

“All the Way Down” / Memorable Fancies #2666

[“Do dreams remain dreams even if we enact them in waking life?” – A.J.P. Taylor] My dream came true in real life ... if that was real life, I mean, and not just one more dream behind another, dreams all the way down. >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Impotence” / Memorable Fancies #2665

       [“How close are you to going through an impotent rage today?” – [from] Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger,] Pretty close, actually – but I’m hoping it won’t be impotent this time. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Who Am I?” / Memorable Fancies #2664

[“You shows up where somebody makes you’s.” – Stacy Doris] After a long search I found the place where I was made. “Who am I?,” I ask, but they tell me, “You are not an ‘I’; you are a ‘you.’ You were made to be a ‘you’ to sell to a real ‘I’. Go back to your ‘I’ – unless he’s replaced you already.” > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind <<   … [Read more...]

“Research Project” / Memorable Fancies #2663

[(in the ancient world) “Sleep and dreams were the prime domain of individual liberty.” – Jacques Le Goff] And so it is to this day. But even now, the authorities are conducting research to allow them to ... improve ... our dreams. For our own good, of course. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“No Matter How Crazy” / Memorable Fancies #2662

[“The consciousness of madness ... a strategy that belongs to madness itself.” – Michel Foucault] I’ll freely admit I am ... whatever the experts are calling it now ... ‘crazy’ it used to be, but we crazy persons called that word offensive, sane-ist. At my mental hospital, it’s called “the ‘C’-word,” never pronounced in full; not where the attending shrinks can hear it, anyway. At the sound of that magic word of power “offensive,” my keepers backed away in alarm, muttering confessions of … [Read more...]

“The God of Sleep” / Memorable Fancies #2661

[“... the true god, who is the god of sleep ...” – Jean Baudrillard] The god of sleep whispers to you, in the night, those words the god of waking would be ashamed even to hear. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Beds of Strangers” / Memorable Fancies #2660

[“I burn out in the beds of strangers,” – Stathis Baroutsos] Every time is always the first time: the trial’s fiery audition, the grade I am given that will be revealed only to others.... > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Retirement Party” / Memorable Fancies #2659

There is a hesitant striking together of palms. I’m sure they’re thinking they could have done my job better than I did, and they probably could have. Yes, I could have worked harder, smarter, could have achieved more. But I was there, putting up with all their shit day after day. Now I’m free and they’re left behind to finish all the work I “didn’t have time for.” I smile, graciously. … [Read more...]

“ ‘Infantile Depravity’ ” / Memorable Fancies #2658

An excerpt from the book Social Abominations, or The Follies of Modern Society Portrayed by Many Eminent Writers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1895: “Those whose experience has never brought them into personal contact with the facts in relation to the early formation of evil habits, would be astonished at the revelations of infantile depravity which might easily be made.” … [Read more...]

“Suspicion” / Memorable Fancies #2657

[“People say that I am paranoid” – Ronald T. Potter-Efron] I’m suspicious of people who say that. Why do they say things like that? What do they want from me? Why are they after me? … [Read more...]

“All the way down” / Memorable Fancies #2656

[“Do dreams remain dreams even if we enact them in waking life?” – A.J.P. Taylor] My dream came true in real life ... if that was real life, I mean, not just one more dream on top of another, dreams all the way down. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“The Others” / Memorable Fancies #2655

We fled our dying planet to one we’d just discovered; not perfect, but we didn’t have time to search for a better one. So here we are and we’re all OK now, pretty much, but the gravity is three times what it was at home, and the surface is populated by a species, we call them the Others, who’d run out of their own resources. Like we had. So we’re underground, here, hiding from the Others. Mostly, we creep along in tunnels and have trouble breathing. We cultivate mushrooms with heat from … [Read more...]

“O Ye Doubters !” / Memorable Fancies #2654

[“To him came the Dioscuri in the likeness of strangers, and asked to dwell with him.” – Pausanias] And he believed these immortal beings, and let them stay. His neighbors derided his gullibility, but these doubters ... are no longer with us; and no one can say where they now dwell ... if at all .... … [Read more...]

“The Conversation” / Memorable Fancies #2653

[“Even if someone left him in the middle of his talking, he would complete the conversation to himself.” – Diogenes Laertius, said of Pyrrho] Yes, and love can be this way, too. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Real Dreams” / Memorable Fancies #2652

[“The interpretation of dreams is a violence done to dreams that takes no account of their literalness.” – Jean Baudrillard] Freud didn’t know that a dream could be just a dream. Like a cigar. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. Below: the latest collection, soon to be available on Amazon. << … [Read more...]

“Ah – what?” / Memorable Fancies #2651

[“The best and most artful dialogue is marked by the inattentiveness of its characters.” – Charles Baxter] Sorry, could you repeat that? >> below, a political drama available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Pygmalion’s Problem” / Memorable Fancies #2650

[“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 who could be something 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, as it turned out, was the problem. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Gesture” / Memorable Fancies #2649

[“A gesture is ... a movement which clearly expresses something unambiguous.” – György Lukács] There is a country where gestures are made, and understood, perfectly. Words there, however, are what one uses intending to be vague, when a gesture would be – perhaps only too well – understood. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Dreaming Shrewdly” / Memorable Fancies #2648

[“We become makers of fiction who cannot sustain belief in our creations, who wake to their unreality, but only to dream more shrewdly the next time.” – Judith Butler] Next time, our creations will be as poorly designed as before, but our expectations will be less. … [Read more...]

“Auguries” / Memorable Fancies #2647

[“...lightning and the winding of rivers and the like – these augurs has our religion abolished.” – Michel de Montaigne] But now we have auguries of bland or blustering assurance from people who know, or at least have made the loudest prayers. – But not as loud as lightning when it strikes, nor rivers as they rise and overwhelm the land. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Comfort” / Memorable Fancies #2646

If I can’t remember her, then there’s nothing to remember. It’s some comfort, not to remember ... the one I can’t remember. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

The Chronophage / Memorable Fancies #2645

[“The past gnaws into the future.” – Bergson] The past chews its way through the present, one day each day, destroying the possibilities of that day, changing bright may-be to dull might-have-been, eliminating hope, that suddenly pointless illusion. … [Read more...]

“Vile Practices” / Memorable Fancies #2644

An excerpt from the book Social Abominations, or The Follies of Modern Society Portrayed by Many Eminent Writers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1895: “Children as young as two years, and even infants, are known to have been taught vile practices by nurse girls. This would seem incredible except for most trustworthy evidence. Dreadful as it is to speak of such things, ought they not to stand as solemn warnings to every woman who is tempted to barter the priceless jewel of her children’s innocence … [Read more...]

Back from the Dead :: A Shocking Story

Washington Post, September 4, 2019, page B-3: "Electrocution in McLean injures 3. Three people were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening after being electrocuted in McLean on Tuesday." Webster's New Collegiate: Electrocute - electrocution "To kill by an electric shock." American Heritage Dictionary: "To kill with electricity." The Post did not state whether those injured were placed on zombie-watch, or not.   … [Read more...]

“The Whispers” / Memorable Fancies #2643

[“Could it be that subliminally we are hearing words and phrases all the time?” – Lydia Davis] Yes, that thought had occurred to me, too. Occurs to me all the time, actually. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Crystal Ball” / Memorable Fancies #2642

[“I was handed / a crystal ball that shows the weather / inside us.” – Doukas Kapantasïs] When I stand on my head, it snows. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself <<   … [Read more...]

How Is Your Appetite for Adventure?

Announcement reprinted below. These are legitimate events, well-run, and typically greeted and celebrated by the host country. A few years ago, I attended and spoke at one in Shanghai, and it was a great and wonderful adventure. - TK Dear Sir / Madam, Greetings from Vishwabharati Research Centre, Latur (MS) India. First of all we would like to thank you all for supporting International Conferences we have conducted in past. We at Vishwabharati Research Centre have planned for our International … [Read more...]

“The Science of Happiness” / Memorable Fancies #2641

[In response to a writer’s vacuous question concerning whether a life of science had contributed to his happiness, Bertrand Russell replied:] “I do not believe that science per se is an adequate source of happiness, nor do I think that my own scientific outlook has contributed very greatly to my own happiness, which I attribute to defecating twice a day with unfailing regularity.” … [Read more...]

“Signings” / Memorable Fancies #2640

[“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 so, God,... >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]