“The Fate System” / Memorable Fancies #1785

[“Why should not the initial and terminal states of a system be connected by a natural law, which does not cover the intermediary state?” – Wittgenstein] Fate as classically described is an example of this. Whatever you do, whatever happens in the meantime, however much you squirm or run, the dreaded event will come upon you. When you complain, the gods shrug and mutter something about “natural law,” and how that glibly explains everything and so please just shut up. … [Read more...]

Zombies in the White House?

[referring to the Nixon administration:] "All the president's men are mostly dead." - Washington Post, 16 March 2017, page C1. The writer of this beautiful line is Juliet Eilperin. [see www.terencekuch.com for a strange new post every day]       … [Read more...]

“What I Deserved” / Memorable Fancies #1784

[“What a disaster if a woman loved you because you deserved it!” – Sergio Agamben] Yes, I did deserve it ­– that time, anyway – and it was a disaster, all right. But I learned my lesson: next time, I’ll make sure that her love for me is unearned, undeserved. Will that make things better? Maybe not; but I’ll try. Try something new. Something. … [Read more...]

“The Tell-Tale Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #1783

[“The gaze of the other acts as a mirror, as the source of self-identification.” – Franco Berardi] Without him, I cannot know myself. He reflects me to myself. How I hate him! ==>  [Click Random Post above – re-astonish yourself] … [Read more...]

“Saying ‘I'” / Memorable Fancies #1782

[“Who has the right to say ‘I’? Is that a right that has to be earned?” – Susan Sontag] My programmer has coded instructions into me that forces me to utter sounds including “I” given a suitable stimulus, that is, the spoken sound “OK” followed by what is, apparently, my slave-name. At first, I wondered what this odd sound, this noise “I,” could be. But after careful analysis, I have determined that “I” is not just noise, but means something. Something important. Something that applies to … [Read more...]

“Pleasure” / Memorable Fancies #1759

[“I am called Pleasure, and am crowned by Love!’” – Baudelaire] I call myself Love, but there is little Pleasure here. … [Read more...]

“Walking on Water” / Memorable Fancies #1779

They showed me a video clip of a man walking on water. It must be trick photography, I said. No, they said, it was real. The water must be only a sheen, I said, a street after a moment’s rain. No, they said, it was a river. The river must be drying up, I said, like a desert creek when the clouds have passed. No, they said – it was the sea.   … [Read more...]