“Crazy Numbers” / Memorable Fancies #2323

[“By 1980, deinstitutionalization was in full swing. The nation’s asylum population had dropped by more than 300 percent, to fewer than 140,000.” – New York Review, issue dated October 25. 2018, page 38.] If the asylum population had dropped 100 percent, there would be fewer than one person confined. But when it dropped by 300+ percent, well then,...! … [Read more...]

” ‘I’ll see you in my dreams’ ” / Memorable Fancies #2328

I posted my dream online; now I’m being spammed by other people’s dreams. … [Read more...]

“Criminal Minds – I” / Memorable Fancies #2327

The mind of a suspect is stored in the brain of a convict – a host device, to keep the culprit available for interrogation. “We do this,” the official explained, “when the suspect’s body has been beaten so badly by police that it won’t survive – so we place his mind inside a ‘volunteer.’ Then the criminal’s mind will survive to be punished and then put on trial.” “And what happens to these ‘host devices?,” I asked; but the official just said “that’s the price we pay for justice, here. They’re … [Read more...]

“The Dream” / Memorable Fancies #2326

[“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. Maybe it’s ... worse ...    >> below: a one-act play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Oil Gone” / Memorable Fancies #2325

[“Art today, though it has disappeared, doesn’t know it has disappeared...” – Jean Baudrillard] I came home today to find a painting missing from my living room wall. In its place was a note: “I’m leaving you. I’m not appreciated here anymore. You never look at me. On the opposite wall there’s a painting you look at all the time, even though it’s not worthy of your wall, or anyone’s. But all I could see, from where you hung me, was that miserable daub. Day after day. "Was that your idea of … [Read more...]

“Love That Art!” / Memorable Fancies #2324

[“How can I take an interest in my work when I don’t like it? – Francis Bacon (the painter)] Bacon’s painting says to him, “The hate is swelling in you now. I can feel it. Take your Jedi paintbrush. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger.” … [Read more...]

An Answer to the Fat Man Quandary aka The Trolley Problem

Survey Monkey just asked for my answer to the Trolley Problem, which is: "You see a runaway trolley moving toward five tied-up people lying on the tracks. You are standing next to a lever that controls a switch. If you pull the lever, the trolley will be redirected onto a side track and the five people on the main track will be saved. However, there is a single person lying on the side track, who will be killed. You have two options: Do nothing and allow the trolley to kill the five people on … [Read more...]