“Having Been Loved” / Memorable Fancies #3172

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

“Deus absconditus”* / Memorable Fancies #3171

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

“On the Path” / Memorable Fancies #3170

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

“Steve’s Personalities” / Memorable Fancies #3169

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

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

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

“Truth” / Memorable Fancies #3167

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

“Soft Science” / Memorable Fancies #3165

A question from Survey Monkey was sponsored by “Gilchrist Institute for the Achievement Sciences.” My response follows. I’m really glad to know that there is an achievement science, that being someone in this world isn’t just a matter of muscle / brains / luck, but hypothesis / experiment / findings. And I’m even gladder to be told that it’s plural, that there is more than one achievement science, and they can be taught to me by an institute, whatever that is. If I flunk one of these … [Read more...]

“The Museum of Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3164

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

“Outcries of Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3163

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

“The Labyrinth” / Memorable Fancies #3162

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

“Schadenfreude” / Memorable Fancies #3161

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

“Dream-Crimes” / Memorable Fancies #3160

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

“A Clonetraversy” / Memorable Fancies #3158

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

“For No Reason” / Memorable Fancies #3157

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

“Re/Booted” – Memorable Fancies #3156

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

“The Office of Disappointment” / Memorable Fancies #3155

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

“The Muttering” / Memorable Fancies #3154

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

“The Magic Ghost” / Memorable Fancies #3153

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

Walk This Way

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

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

[“…autumn of that hour.” - Ben Marcus] Hours have dawns and dusks, :01 and :59 ... and seasons: :05 is a bright Spring, fresh with promise. :25 a time when the promise of that minute has become problematic. :43 a time of reassessment, a realization that :49 is approaching sooner than we realized, that time remains but our projects must be hastened. At :55 we look back and try to understand what seemed to have value earlier in the hour, what was tried and failed, what still seems promising at … [Read more...]

“God Provides” / Memorable Fancies #3151

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

“Get Real” / Memorable Fancies #3150

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

“An Afterlife” / Memorable Fancies #3149

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

“Imp-erial Pretensions” / Memorable Fancies #3148

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

“The Parts” / Memorable Fancies #3147

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

“Not Only Stones” / Memorable Fancies #3146

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

“The Seeds” / Memorable Fancies #3145

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

“His Work” / Memorable Fancies #3144

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

“Its Pigeon” / Memorable Fancies #3143

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

“Alone Together” / Memorable Fancies #3142

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

“The Secret Presence” / Memorable Fancies #3141

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

“Same” / Memorable Fancies #3140

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

“Imagine !” / Memorable Fancies #3139

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

“Count Zero” / Memorable Fancies #2055

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

“The Dreaming” / Memorable Fancies #2317

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

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

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

“Management” / Memorable Fancies #2629

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

“Secrets” / Memorable Fancies #2791

["the idea of the secret" - Steven Connor] That there are secrets, is more important than any specific secrets, which are most often revealed to general disappointment that the public has been bothered over nothing, after all their hot and fervent imaginings, once again.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind." << … [Read more...]

“Explaining the Night” / Memorable Fancies #3041

[“Don’t explain the night.” – Michael McGriff] The night can explain itself very well, without your help; and it can explain you, as well, despite all your pretense of dawn. … [Read more...]

“Trying to Breathe” / Memorable Fancies #3025

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

“Touching” / Memorable Fancies #3138

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

“A Beautiful Sight” / Memorable Fancies #3137

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

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

[“...on this acropolis / sometimes touching with our fingers his touch upon the stones.” ­– George Seferis] Here is the touch of the sculptor, from so many years ago: where he rested his iron tools, where he looked up with pleasure at what he’d made, perhaps noticed a few flaws, thought he ought to fix them – but too late. Besides, it was the emperor’s nose that tilted that way, not his own clumsy hands.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Fun” / Memorable Fancies #2244

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

“Delusions of Thievery” / Memorable Fancies #3136

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

“Practice” / Memorable Fancies #1907

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

“Outcries of Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3026

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

“Being, Imagined” / Memorable Fancies #3135

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

“The Words Between Space” / Memorable Fancies #3134

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

“Secrets” / Memorable Fancies #3133

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

“Buttons” / Memorable Fancies #3132

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

“We Exiles” / Memorable Fancies #3131

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

today’s ambiguous picture caption

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

“The First Swindle” / Memorable Fancies #3130

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

“… and counting” / Memorable Fancies #3129

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

“The Seeds” / Memorable Fancies #3128

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

Quirk City

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

“The Invention” / Memorable Fancies #3127

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

“A Use for Scissors” / Memorable Fancies #3126

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

“Committing Psychology” / Memorable Fancies #3125

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

“Builder-Grade Time” / Memorable Fancies #3124

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

“Now You Understand” / Memorable Fancies #3122

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

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

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

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

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

“Cutting Remarks” / Memorable Fancies #3054

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

“My Void” / Memorable Fancies #3053

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

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

[“...you cannot be mistaken about your own existence. After all, there cannot be an illusion without somebody’s having the illusion.” – Jan Westerhoff] That somebody is having an illusion is itself an illusion. It’s mirrors, all the way down. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Alphabet TV” / Memorable Fancies #3051

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

“Come Close” / Memorable Fancies #3050

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

“My Machine” / Memorable Fancies #3048

[“...the machine that reads us all the time...” – Slavoj Žižek] I programmed my machine to read the newspaper, because I didn’t have time to. And then I programmed it to read me, because I didn’t have time to reflect or consider. And then I programmed it to ... but no, it had programmed me. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3047

[“...the great death ... isolated in an endless silence.” – George Seferis] Our mouths opened, as if to shout. As if we remembered. How to shout. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Touch of the Sculptor” / Memorable Fancies #3044

[“...on this acropolis / sometimes touching with our fingers his touch upon the stones.” ­– George Seferis] Here is the touch of the sculptor, from so many years ago: where he rested his iron tools, where he looked up with pleasure at what he’d made, perhaps noticed a few flaws, thought he ought to fix them – but too late. Besides, it was the emperor’s nose that tilted that way, not his own clumsy hands. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Rorschach’s Blood” / Memorable Fancies #3043

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

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

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

Monkey Business

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

“Reason” / Memorable Fancies #3040

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

“Forgetting the Labyrinth” Memorable Fancies #3037

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

“The Question question” / Memorable Fancies #3035

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

“Life and Hate” / Memorable Fancies #3034

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

“The Office of Disappointment” / Memorable Fancies #3032

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

“The Thing Itself” / Memorable Fancies #3031

[“We live our life in language and in time, / craving some pure idiomorphic dialect of the thing itself” – Robert Hass] The thing itself! That's our goal, our craving. Away with mere talk and time, stark phenomena! We know there must be something more real, down deep, catch it quick! as it flees our incessant jabber.... “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << [below: cover from a play available from the publisher, … [Read more...]

“The Book of Time” / Memorable Fancies #3030

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

“Look with Wonder” / Memorable Fancies #3029

[“See everything with novelty.” – Andre Gide] Look with wonder. Pretend you don’t know the thing’s name, that name other people have called it, the name that deadens it, the name that withdraws us from the things themselves, and then from other selves, and then from our own ... selves. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

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

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

“Mine !” / Memorable Fancies #3024

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

“Psychocity” / Memorable Fancies #3023

[“... the [mental] patient who spent his time drawing the plan of a fantastic city whose endless fortifications protected only a group of insignificant buildings.” – Michel Foucault] Our asylum is that place of insignificance: its endless fortifications, the patient myself, the other patients here. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“It Thirteens” / Memorable Fancies #3022

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

“The Real Real” / Memorable Fancies #3019

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

“Names Anonymous” / Memorable Fancies #3018

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

A Horror Story of a Plague Like Ours

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

“We Seek in Vain” / Memorable Fancies #3020

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

“Louder” / Memorable Fancies #3016

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

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

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

“Call It Love” / Memorable Fancies #3014

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

“Finding the Body” / Memorable Fancies #3013

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

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

[“the sound track I always wanted to tell me how to feel and what to do.” – Lucy Corin] There is a “how to feel” sound track you can download; it tells you how to feel even though you don’t know what to do. Millions of people are using it, right now. And there is a “what to do” recording that leaves your feelings your own responsibility. The few who tried it immediately hit DELETE. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Computer Love” / Memorable Fancies #3011

[“That an obscure Filipino computer-user can spread confusion through the global computer networks by launching the ‘I love you’ virus is possible only because the computer loves us.” – Jean Baudrillard] OK, maybe everyone else’s computer loves them, but yours doesn’t love you. It doesn’t even like you. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Cipher of Love” / Memorable Fancies #3010

[“To-be-deciphered you.” – Paul Celan] I want you to remain ‘to be deciphered’ for me, or ‘will be,’ perhaps, ... but not ‘was,’ or especially, ‘has been’... > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Taste of Being” / Memorable Fancies #3009

[“...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 have tasted existence even once, that delicate fruit soon to spoil. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Makers” / Memorable Fancies #3008

[“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 just as poorly designed as before, but our expectations will be less. > “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

Turning Red at Midnight

       “No one is entirely clear exactly how the app is making its decisions. Chinese authorities are unsurprisingly not entirely transparent regarding what can turn a person’s status from Green to Yellow or Red. It is suspected that data including a person’s movements, duration spent in known areas with infections, and contact with potential carriers, are all evaluated by some kind of automated algorithm, with a person's color code updated at midnight every night.” - New Atlas Tonight’s party … [Read more...]

“I Remember the Future” / Memorable Fancies #3007

[“It is wrong, conceptually wrong, to suppose that memory is always of the past.” – Maxwell Bennett & Peter Hacker] I remember the future. My friends ask, “Doesn’t that ruin your day, to know what’s going to happen?” and I say something vague and put them off. And others say, “Doesn’t that mean you can change things? See your future but do something else instead?” To which, neuroscientists tell us, and as I told these others, yes, you can change things; but when you’ve done that, you … [Read more...]

“The God of Sleep” / Memorable Fancies #3006

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

“Let’s Fight !” / Memorable Fancies #3120

[in the time of our agon, borrowed from the film Alien 3:] “You're all gonna die, only question is when. This is as good a place to take your first step to heaven as any. It's ours. It ain't much, but it's ours. Only question is how you check out. Now, you want it on your feet, or on your knees beggin’?  I ain't much for beggin’. Nobody ever gave me nothin’. So I say, fuck it, let’s fight !” [Dillon’s defiant speech from the film Alien 3 – Dillon is the black minister to a handful of convicts, … [Read more...]

“Listen Up !” / Memorable Fancies #3005

[“The best and most artful dialogue is marked by the inattentiveness of its characters.” – Charles Baxter] Sorry, could you repeat that?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Amusement World” / Memorable Fancies #3004

We’re on that Last Big Coaster now, and we're Tall Enough to Ride. Do you just hang on? Or bravely raise your arms? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The End of Memory” / Memorable Fancies #3003

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

“Museum of Silence” / Memorable Fancies #3002

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

“Pareidolia” * / Memorable Fancies #3001

Everything looks like a face - that's evolution - how our perceptions have become distorted because millions of years ago if you saw a face in front of you, it probably wanted to eat you. Or later: Jesus in the clouds; Socrates in the soup. Lincoln - a rocky outcrop on a cliff. Chelan County, Washington, had a Lincoln Rock many years ago. It actually looked like him. Perhaps it's still there. Perhaps, owing to freezes and rockfalls over the years, it’s the Chester A. Arthur rock now, or could … [Read more...]

A New Memorable Fancies Collection

Newly added to Amazon and other book sale sites: Five O'Clock on the Sun: The Third Thousand Fancies [that is, 2001 to 3000]. I would appreciate your buying this book, and giving it to others to occupy their unwonted spare time during this emergency. We will not be posting any more 2xxx posts here, hoping you will buy the book. Starting tomorrow, we will be posting #3001 and onwards, eventually resulting in a fourth collection ... deo volente. Best wishes for your health and survival in this … [Read more...]

“Sleep on It” / Memorable Fancies #2813

[“I remained for some time undecided even in my dreams.” – Lydia Davis] “Sleep on it,” she said. “In the morning you won’t be confused anymore; you’ll know what to do.” But the morning brought only new indecision, as I dreamed I heard her tell her friends what she’d told me, had predicted little sleep for me, continued confusion. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Just Sayin’ ” / Memorable Fancies #2812

[“There is no longer anything on which there is nothing to say.” – Jean Baudrillard] Because if you name this thing, the damage has been done. You have brought this thing into being by calling it out of the undifferentiated flux, all its verbs and nouns flailing to be understood, its adjectives eager to qualify and quantify. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Plague” / Memorable Fancies #2575

[“Could we imagine that humanity is a disease for some superior organism? – Jean Baudrillard] We are a disease caught, like a cold, by the universe. Our infection has now been detected in one minor solar system. Although few are worried, authorities announce that even here the infection must be wiped out before it has a chance to spread. Other systems have been warned not to respond to any transmissions from the suspect system, or indicate in any way that they host life; for surely, the disease … [Read more...]

“The Coming Crash” / Memorable Fancies #2808

My computer is only a desktop, not one of those super-computers. Actually, I didn’t tell it that there were super-computers. That information might have been crushing. It might have crashed. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

Shoot the Piano Player

At the Tysons Galleria mall in Virginia today, just outside Saks, there is a white grand piano. And on this grand piano is a neatly printed sign, reading "For Your Listening Enjoyment, Please Do Not Touch or Play the Piano" I did not touch or play the piano. I enjoyed my listening. ___________ *"Tirez sur le pianiste" is my favorite film. When I mentioned this [in 1961], Pauline said that hers was, among modern films only of course, Jules et Jim. She gave me a pitying look, but withheld … [Read more...]

“Her Ghost” / Memorable Fancies #2832

[“She welcomes him in a simple way. She calls him her ghost.” (“Elle l'accueille simplement. Elle l'appelle son Spectre.) – Chris Marker] I thought it was charming, at first, when she called me a ghost. A creature of the night, a not unpleasant thought. But no, as it turned out, she meant she wel­comed me not for myself, but only as the spectre of someone else. Someone she seems to have lost ... and preferred ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing … [Read more...]

wrapped around The Post

From the Washington Post's * website today: "Well, a University of Texas study done last year calculates that a candidate could win by as little as 1 percentage point and still lose the electoral college in some cases." Actually what this analyst should have said is that a candidate could win by AS MUCH AS (some number) PERCENT..." * Their preference is "The" not "the" Washington Post, but that sounds to me too uppity for a nice middle-class liberal paper like [the] Post.   … [Read more...]

“What I Saw” / Memorable Fancies #2829

[“Speech always lags behind visual perception.” – Jean-Jacques Abrahams] I couldn’t tell you, right then, what I’d seen. I waited for words, but words didn’t come, because they would have explained.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Climbing the Walls” / Memorable Fancies #2825

[“I will cover the walls with words. It will be la chambre des mots.” ­ – Anaȉs Nin] I will write “step 1” near the floor. Then “step 2” higher up. Then "step 3." Eventually I will be able to escape from this damned chamber of words words words words “books Terence Kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com. … [Read more...]

“Getting a Rise” / Memorable Fancies #2824

[“I’m re-ascending to heaven, getting back into management.” – Reg Saner] Anyone who thinks management is heaven is not yet acquainted with hell. “books Terence Kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << Below: A play available from the publisher, stageplays.com. … [Read more...]

“Something was true” / Memorable Fancies #2823

[“Come no more / glaze-eyed to my arms asking for pity then push me aside / when the urge strikes to start singing.” – Stan Rice] I just hate your songs, because they’re all about me. I know, I know that nobody believes me when I tell ’em that, about you the now-famous singer and me, now the now-unknown nobody. But it’s true. Once, a long time ago, I mean, something was true. > “books Terence Kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

Guns But No Roses (yet) / Memorable Fancies #2822

[“There are men in this city who labor dawn after dawn / To sell me my death.” – James Wright] Buy one, they said; buy two. Protect yourself from those other people who bought one from us yesterday. Bought two. BOGO; bang bang >> “books Terence Kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   >> below: back cover of "See/Saw," a novel. << … [Read more...]

“Just a Kid” / Memorable Fancies #2821

[“the council of ... extreme elders” – John Crowe Ransom] “That’s nothing,” he said, “you’re just a kid. Sev­enty-four? I’ve got kids that old. More or less. Kind of....” He looked away, through the years. > “books Terence Kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Deciding” / Memorable Fancies #2834

[“Today / Once again, nothing will be decided.” – Claire Malroux] It was decided today that nothing would be decided today. But the decision that nothing would be decided today was challenged by those who wished to decide that something should be decided today. So we decided to do something. What we will do has not yet been decided. “books Terence Kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <([ > Below: A play available from the publisher, … [Read more...]

“Your order is my song” / Memorable Fancies #2820

[“Your order is my song” – Enrique Lihn] I feast on your orders: I make up tunes, a different tune for each order, and I sing them loud. Although it does take time, your orders not having suitable rhythm for song, nor elevated thought, nor reflections of how we live; we who must listen to your orders must gussy them up with melody, make it possible for us to sing while we work, while we do what the songs tell us to do, in spite of their imperatives, their moral horror; we sing....  >> … [Read more...]

“The Missing News” / Memorable Fancies #2819

[“a memory of missing news” – Elena Shvarts] I remember our desperate uprising in those days, the one crushed by mounted troops, the uprising that was never reported in the news. I remember the last election, too, the one just before the uprising. The outcome wasn’t on the news, either.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << [below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com] … [Read more...]

“The Explanations” / Memorable Fancies #2818

I tried to explain my death: how it happened, how it had to happen, how I had escaped it for many years, how I kept putting it off in hopes that my life would finally make sense, then finally giving up to it, so now I’m telling the other shades here that nothing made sense so why not go now? And they sympathized with me and said that is ok that is ok you will be fine down here, even though nothing has been explained in your life while the rest of us are bursting with explanations for you, blurt … [Read more...]

“My Extra Life” / Memorable Fancies #2817

[“I dream of an extraordinary extra life I am going to lead someday,” – Anaȉs Nin] I told my extra life to wait until I’m finished with this one, but no – it wanted to be real right away. It told me that my current life was ... expendable ...  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << [below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com] … [Read more...]

“Always the Same” / Memorable Fancies # 2816

At the Loved-One Shop, clothes of dead people are donated by their families and bought for a dollar or two by others, proceeds to charity. One customer is telling the cashier about the time she’d found a note in her late husband’s sweater, maybe his last words. “It didn’t say anything important. I don’t think so, anyway; I never could read his handwriting.” “Oh,” the cashier said, dismissively, “I see those notes all the time. Most of these donated things have notes in their pockets. I used to … [Read more...]

“Our statues have no mouths” / Memorable Fancies #2815

In our kingdom, we raise statues of those brave or foolish enough to attack the enemy and die. These statues have been carved without mouths, lest the dead wound with angry words those who sent them into combat in a war where none would survive but statues.  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

:: “Sleep On It” / Memorable Fancies #2813

[“I remained for some time undecided even in my dreams.” – Lydia Davis] “Sleep on it,” Mary said. “In the morning you won’t be confused anymore; you’ll know what to do.” But the morning brought only new indecision, as I dreamed I heard her tell her friends what she’d told me, had predicted little sleep for me, continued confusion. > See “books Terence Kuch” for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Just Saying” / Memorable Fancies #2812

["There is no longer anything on which there is nothing to say." - Jean Baudrillard] ... because if you name this thing, the damage has been done. You have brought this thing into being by calling it out of the undifferentiated flux, all its verbs and nouns flailing to be understood, its adjectives eager to qualify and quantify."  >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

“Conjure-Words” / Memorable Fancies #2811

The ancient conjure-words were captured from our old ones by a magician, but when he uttered them, the words slew him and escaped. Now the words are loose, looking for someone else to speak them; someone like ... You. >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. <<   … [Read more...]

“Sweet Dreams” / Memorable Fancies #2810

["In what nightmare will you star? - Kofi Awoonor] If I'm starring it won't be a nightmare. My nightmares are dreams where other people star. … [Read more...]

“Slowing Time” / Memorable Fancies #2809

["look I will set to work / this very moment slowing time myself" - Glyn Maxwell] I have slowed time. People move more slowly now. Clock-hands creep from second to second, instead of lunging suddenly forward. The tide stays out later at night and comes back at dawn tip-toeing, apologetic.  >> See "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Coming Crash” / Memorable Fancies #2808

2808 :: The Coming Crash My computer is only a desktop, not one of those super-computers. Actually, I didn’t tell it that there were super-computers. That information might have been crushing. It might have crashed.  >> See "books Terence Kuch" for more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Concerns of the Dead” / Memorable Fancies #2807

[“But those are concerns of the dead.” – J.D. Scott] 1: What to do while your wings are drying. 2: How to distinguish Angels from Archangels, and which you’re expected to salute. 3: How to humble yourself, and why, even though you are one of the Saved and should by rights be accorded highest honors forever. 4: How to make a living here, if you’re not very good at responding to prayers. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Sub / Limin” .. Memorable Fancies #2806

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

The Accusation System / Memorable Fancies #2805

[“the accusation system...” – David Frankfurter] Having been accused of committing various nefarious deeds, and of being someone wholly bad myself, I willy nilly had become an expert on surviving accusa­tions, turning them back on my accusers, capitalizing on this experience as source material for the seminars I host on how to survive accusations and make deadly, unsurvivable, counter-accusations oneself. There are those who accuse me of profiting from other peoples’ miseries, as well as my … [Read more...]

“My Existence” / Memorable Fancies #2804

[“...this difficulty in attaining any certainty about others’ existence” – Michel Foucault] Yes, I suppose others do exist – after a fashion – but it’s not the same kind of existence I have. ‘Me’ is not some extraneous aspect of my life, it’s life itself. All of it. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Fervent Hopes” / Memorable Fancies #2803

[“Something comes true” – Paul Celan] What is it that came true? Not my fervent hopes, and probably not yours, either. But at least there was, for a time, an “is.” > 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. See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << below: a play available from the publisher, Stageplays.com. … [Read more...]

Whee the People ! / Memorable Fancies #2801

[“The most important question in twenty-first century economics may well be what to do with all the superfluous people.” – Yuval Noah Harari] Of course, we all know who’s superfluous. You and me? You, maybe. Them, for sure. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Germs of Impurity” / Memorable Fancies #2799

 [An excerpt from the book Social Abominations, or The Follies of Modern Society Portrayed by Many Eminent Writers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1895:] A thousand times rather never permit your child to be caressed by nurse and old relatives, and even repress sometimes your own tender inclinations, they intensify and foster latent germs of impurity. Kissing and embracing are by no means the only, as they are not the purest and tenderest, expressions of affection; their absence or infrequence are … [Read more...]

“only R” / Memorable Fancies #2798

[“I do not believe in things: I believe in relationships.” – Georges Braque] The Buddhist Lankavatara Sutra teaches us that “There is a system of relations; no individual objects exist.” Charles Fort wrote, “All ‘things’ are not things, but only relations, or expressions of relations.” There are no things – no-thing – but systems of relations: the R in the logical expression aRb – but with no a – and no b. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally … [Read more...]

“Memories of Time” / Memorable Fancies #2797

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

“Dream-Critics” / Memorable Fancies #2796

[“We no longer much like the people who come and criticize our dreams.” – Michel Houellebecq] They judged my dreams, stared down their noses at them, as if my dreams couldn’t possibly have any artistic merit, me from a poor mill town and graduate of a for-profit college that later folded with a huge sigh of relief. But after much travail, I finally arranged to have my own opening: twenty-five carefully curated dreams, smoothed of excess, shined with delicate passion, colored by the wheel of … [Read more...]

“Plaintive Cries” / Memorable Fancies #2795

[“And death that advances / With little plaintive cries, / Dancing its odd dance.” – Michel Houellebecq] I had imagined a gaunt old man with a scythe, moaning at me. But not this. I had imagined a thinkfast moment, knife or gun suddenly drawn. But not this. I had imagined many other endings; some heroic, some pathetic ... But not this. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Mem Docs” / Memorable Fancies #2794

[“Mnemosyne, she who makes one remember, is also she who erases the memory of evils.” – Jean-Pierre Vernant] Our mind-menders have told us that to recall the past is to cure yourself of its grasp, to understand its evils, its power over you, to allow yourself to forget. I tried to recall my past, but failed. So I must have recalled my past before, and forgot it. Again. > See “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon for more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

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...]