“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...]

“And again,…” / Memorable Fancies #2639

And again that night again she phoned, and said tonight I need you; .......   and then we mumble uncomplicated words and may be the phone will ring again,   some night … [Read more...]

“Hunting” / Memorable Fancies #2638

[“My own notion is that, in the summer of 1896, something, or some beings, came as near to this earth as they could, upon a hunting expedition;...” – Charles Fort] “Nothing of interest here,” they said, “not advanced enough to eat,” they said, moving on. “But maybe in a hundred years or so ....” >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind <<     … [Read more...]

“Interpretations” / Memorable Fancies #2637

Interpretations grow like grass. Let us not have any mower interpretations! > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Revenge” / Memorable Fancies #2636

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

Headline says more than it means

"Teen social media use not associated with mental health" -- headline of an article in the online news service New Atlas The body of the article says that teen social media use is not associated with mental health PROBLEMS. But we heard you the first time !     … [Read more...]

“The Second Question” / Memorable Fancies #2635

[“the second question being / should we have a purpose” – Louise Glück] But the answer was already implicit in the first, unasked, question: ... ‘Who are we?’ … [Read more...]

“Let’s Hear It for Science!” / Memorable Fancies #2634

A recent question from Survey Monkey was sponsored by the “Gilchrist Institute for the Achievement Sciences.” Dear Monkey: 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 Evil-One Festival” / Memorable Fancies #2633

In our country, we make effigies of the Evil One; then we burn them at our annual Evil One Festival. We note His absence from the Festival of Him – and we conclude that He is not real; or perhaps He is real but harmless, a coward who dares not show up on his name-day to face the angry fires of our gods, no matter how we taunt His effigies, how we behead atheists in His honor, how we plan our orgies of destruction at first to destroy the Evil One’s work but then to celebrate His name, to finally … [Read more...]

“My Hands” / Memorable Fancies #2632

[“the nowhere / of my hands.” – Michael McGriff] “Where are your hands?,” she said; but she knew where they were, and I said “nowhere,” and she said ... “well, move them somewhere,” and then I said something, and she said something, and it went pretty much downhill from there. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

implicit knowledge in dreams

Has anyone studied this phenomenon? Last night I dreamed I was in Idaho, scrambling down a hillside. But there was nothing in the dream itself that tied it to Idaho - could have been almost anywhere. The other people in the dream could have been from anywhere. Idaho was not mentioned or implied. And yet I knew, without questioning, that I was in Idaho. Several times I've had dreams like this, but in locations other than Idaho. How does this happen? [from: terencekuch@gmail.com]   … [Read more...]

“Mad in America” / Memorable Fancies “Mad in America” / Memorable Fancies ##2631

[“…the consciousness of madness, a strategy that belongs to madness itself.” – Michel Foucault] “I’ll freely admit I have ... whatever the experts are calling it now ... ‘insanity’ it used to be, but we insane persons found that word offensive, normal-ist. At the sound of the word ‘offensive’ the sane backed away in alarm, muttering confessions of insensitivity and beating their tenderized breasts.” … [Read more...]

“Hiss of the Serpent” / Memorable Fancies #2630

An excerpt from the book Social Abominations, or The Follies of Modern Society Portrayed by Many Eminent Writers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1895: “Some people whisper because they are hoarse from a cold, or because they wish to convey some useful information without disturbing others; but [others] give muffled utterance from sinister and depraved motive, and sometimes you can only hear the sibilant sound as the letter “S” drops from the tongue into the listening ear, the brief hiss of the … [Read more...]

“The Flames, The Burning” / Memorable Fancies #2628

The writer wants his words to flicker on computer screens like flames in a conflagration – and to burn and hurt, as well. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“If I Were You” / Memorable Fancies #2627

The phrase “if I were you,...” is very strange. – How could that happen? How could I be you? What is an If that can never Be? Perhaps “if you were you,...” is easier to understand. It’s certainly applicable to ... some people. … [Read more...]

“Get Real” / Memorable Fancies #2626

[“It is unacceptable that what offers 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 will try again ... but not with us. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Night” / Memorable Fancies #2625

[“I watched you with all the light and darkness I have.” – George Seferis] I turned on the light but you switched it off again. … [Read more...]

“It’s Coming Right At You” / 2624

[“What if the street sign said RUN, or RUN FOR YOUR LIFE?” ­– Jasper Johns] Our street signs have been improved, now, as a public service. Instead of merely reading WALK or DON’T WALK, they now read, in appropriate circumstances, not only RUN, or RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, but .. PRAY or .. SCREAM AND CROUCH DOWN or .. O MY GOD IT’S COMING RIGHT AT YOU AND THERE’S NO TIME TO DO ANYTHING BUT DIE I survived a car crash in which a man died. When you see it coming, there’s no time to do a n y t h i … [Read more...]

“My Relations” / Memorable Fancies #2623

[“All relations are striving to be unrelated” – Charles Fort] “A > B = A is greater than B” – the old example from elementary logic. But B objects to this, does not want to be related to A at all – unless it turns out that B is greater than A – in that case, well! >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Im-Personations” / Memorable Fancies #2622

[“Why did I think a person only distantly like me / Might finally represent my life?” – John Koethe,] I think about my younger self – fascinated, as if by a lopsided piece of pottery said to be – “authentic.” >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Paranoiabots” / Memorable Fancies #2621

[Ems (robots) must suspect that unusual experiences are simulations designed to test their loyalty. – Robin Hanson] We paranoiacs have known that for a long time. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Invitation” / Memorable Fancies #2620

[In chimpanzees, “noisily tearing leaves with the teeth is an invitation for sex in one community” – Mark W. Moffett, The Human Swarm] So now when you see me noisily munching my salad – now you know what I want for dessert. >> below: A play about politics available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Submissions” / Memorable Fancies #2619

[“... a Stoical acceptance of what at our most feeble we are, a submission without protest to the idea that we are things lived by an It.” – Bonamy Dubrée] We are things lived by an It. “It” is capitalized because that’s how we customarily recognize His synonyms, His disguises. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Song of Itself” / Memorable Fancies #2618

The subject of some songs is that song itself, each performance adding a new iteration. Two classic examples: “I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz Now I know just how much I have lost Yes, I lost my little darlin’ the night they were playin’ That beautiful Tennessee Waltz.” === “A man's gonna sweet-talk and give you the big eyes But when the sweet-talkin's done A man is a two-face, a worrisome thing Who'll leave you to sing the Blues in the Night.” And there are people whose lives are … [Read more...]

“In Stalks the Killer” / Memorable Fancies #2617

[On the stage the light dimmed / as though for some celebrated murder.” – George Seferis] Here on stage we re-enact the famous trial, night after night, long after our performances have revealed that the murder could not have happened ... the way judge and jury thought it had ... >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Social Purity Shall Grandly Triumph” / Memorable Fancies #2616

An excerpt from the book Social Abominations, or The Follies of Modern Society Portrayed by Many Eminent Writers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1895: “Whenever the young women of this nation, or any other, able to earn their own living, ready for an independent life, yet sweetly drawn by the elegant persuasions of their hearts to the old and sacred pathways of love, marriage and home – whenever they can say to the young men: “You must choose between tobacco and me.” “You must choose between strong … [Read more...]

“My Hands” / Memorable Fancies #2615

[“My hands disappear and come towards me / mutilated.” – George Seferis] I reach out to fend them off – but wait,... > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind <<   … [Read more...]

“The Fantasy Next Door” / Memorable Fancies #2614

[“I am annoyed not to have any hint of the nearby room in which a crime is committed or in which people make love.” – Andre Gide] In the absence of fact and observation, I make up a situation, characters, a plot, any story I like. These become my own facts and observations, my own hints, a life. – I insist that my story is true; and more interesting than what seeps through the cracks from the nearby room. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“My Other Life” / Memorable Fancies #2613

[“Though we knew we had never / been there before, / we knew we had been there before.” – Margaret Atwood] Everything in this place looked strangely familiar to me. I turned and mentioned that to her, or something like it, anyway: that I must have been here before – but I hadn’t been. She shrugged. “In your other life, maybe.” I said, “What other life?” And she said, “Don’t you have another life? Isn’t that why you’re never quite here in this one?” >> below: a comedy about baseball … [Read more...]

“The Gods Must Tell Us” / Memorable Fancies #2612

[“The gods must tell us what we want them to tell us.” – Charles Fort] So we write books and modestly claim that we did not write them, but the gods did, telling us everything They wanted us to know, spilling the divine beans. Still, we are the ones who collect royalties on these books. But in Their name, of course. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Revelation” / Memorable Fancies #2611

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.” … [Read more...]

“Those Eyes” / Memorable Fancies #2610

[“A man was struck by a rock he had looked at too long. All the local people can bear witness to it.” – Henri Michaux] That’s what they told the authorities, about this man they all hated. No one threw the rock, they said. It hated to be stared at, they said, just as we did, they said, those eyes of his.... >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Flood” / Memorable Fancies #2609

[“What is usable from the past” – Susan Sontag] We set out to save whatever was worth saving. “Like Noah,” we said, “before the flood,” but this was 2019. We ransacked our world for the best things, things that the next flood would finally destroy. Our collection grows. We hear the coming sounds of our next deluge. Too late, we understand that the flood is we, ourselves. Our billions. Billions   … [Read more...]

“My Secrets” / Memorable Fancies #2608

I have many secrets. This is one of them. … [Read more...]

“The Claw” / Memorable Fancies #2607

[“wandering alone through semi-colons” – Brian Patten] Climbing over the dot; or sliding underneath it wary of the comma below, its hooked claw. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Supply and the Damned” / Memorable Fancies #2606

[“Unfortunately, I expect the demand for economists to be low after the zombie apocalypse.” – James Dow] ... except as munchies. … [Read more...]

“The Blessing” / Memorable Fancies #2605

[“giving up their blessing by mistake” – Mike Soto] They bless me, these vagrants in the street, not knowing it would do me no good, not anymore. But their cache of blesses is now down by one; at least now I’ve saved another sinner from them… >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

To Return / Memorable Fancies #2604

[“the jungle of what you left me” – Robert Kelly] Vines, clinging to me like your arms, stinging, clutching me fast waiting for your spears, your poisoned spears. To return. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Moment of Conception” / Memorable Fancies #2603

[“Women have often fallen in love with statues and portraits and have given birth to children resembling them.” – Empedocles, 430 BC/BCE] Their children are sometimes stone, or canvas.... and a few resemble local sculptors or painters. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Don’t Care” Day / Memorable Fancies #2602

[“On the new calendar, on a day no one cares about” – Michael McGriff] Congress has declared a Just Don’t Care Day. No one has to go to work; “just didn’t feel like it” is heard from coast to coast. No one feels guilty about not exercising, or eating too much chocolate, or ignoring the day’s political crisis. On the day after Just Don’t Care Day, however, there are ... consequences. … [Read more...]

“Problem-matic” / Memorable Fancies #2601

There are 116 million Google hits on “...Solutions, Inc.” including a company I used to work with. Would you want to ask a “...Solutions, Inc.” company to do some work for your firm? If they have a Solution for you, well then, you must have a Problem. And you probably do ... but would you want your business partners and especially your customers to know, so obviously and blatantly, that you have a problem? – a Problem? >> below: a bar / restaurant in Singapore, - Belgium is 'hip'? ! … [Read more...]

“Paint Me” / Memorable Fancies #2600

[“This morning / swarms of police with tracker dogs / wander about the city / with my description printed / on their minds,” – Brian Patten] And what would this description say? How would it distinguish me from all the others in this place, on the streets or in the shops, strolling or just watching the city scene? I have long wondered how their words could paint me. I rush to question the police about this. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“A Silence of Dogs” / Memorable Fancies #2599

[“Everything counts as information, even what isn’t there.” – Italo Calvino] You try to say nothing, but saying nothing is itself a message, like Sherlock Holmes’ “dog that didn’t bark in the night.” Then you say something. “What?” “Nothing,” you say; but the universe laughs at you behind your back. >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Say It Sweetly” / Memorable Fancies #2598

“God bless you!” Say it sweetly to those who’ve annoyed you, who haven’t earned a civil answer. It will take them some time to figure out exactly what you really meant – but by then you’ll be gone. … [Read more...]

“In Theory” / Memorable Fancies #2597

[“a love that functions perfectly in theory” – Ben Marcus] The math was clear. “One and one,” I said with a laugh, but she was a plus-one and I, a minus. We cancelled each other out. >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself <<   … [Read more...]

“The Question” / Memorable Fancies #2596

[“How painful it is to dream of happiness. The crushing weight of it all.” – Albert Camus] “Are you happy?” – Beware this question, because the answer can only be – “now that you ask, I’m not sure.” >> below: modern riffs on ancient themes, published by Loyola University Press / Apprentice House; available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Suffering” / Memorable Fancies #2595

[“How can we learn to suffer more successfully?” – Alain de Botton] I was apprenticed to a Master Sufferer at age seven. He taught me much, both by word and example. At age fourteen I became an officially licenced Junior Sufferer, and then, after many more painful years, finally became a Master Sufferer myself. I sought and found numerous apprentices, whom I made to suffer. To help them succeed in their painful, but chosen, career path. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will … [Read more...]

“Heads Off, Gentlemen!” / Memorable Fancies #2594

[“Heads fall where an idea prevails.” – E.M. Cioran] Better that a man prevails, than an idea. We can, after all, cut the man’s head off. But an idea, once it’s out, given to all – how could we control that? > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“The Hollow Place” / Memorable Fancies #2593

[“… knowledge shared by Dionysus and Apollo at Delphi, whose premise is that the mind is a hollow space constantly invaded by gods and voices.” – Roberto Calasso] There is a dialog going on inside my head, all those gods and their voices – I can’t get a word in edgewise. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“The Collision” / Memorable Fancies #2592

[“The simultaneous presence of all that has ever been created, medieval theology taught, is Hell.” – Martin Burckhardt & Dirk Höfer] All time has been collapsed into a single, enduring pin-prick of a moment where nothing ever changes, because it’s all there, already, all its possibilities. What used to be past or future is none of these things; now is all. Time is no longer spread out like an oil slick around a collision. Time is the collision. >> below: Available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“The Death Club” / Memorable Fancies #2591

Remember the time when that driver ... but you made it through the crash, recovered. And the time your Army buddy hadn’t completely unloaded his weapon and it went off and a bullet whizzed by your head and he caught holy hell from Sarge? And the disease that killed one of your college friends’ cousins? And ... And all those other times, too, when you had a close call and sometimes didn’t even realize it. But you did die then, all those times. A force, perhaps Fate, or God, patiently rewound … [Read more...]

“Communion” / Memorable Fancies #2590

[“Had we remained together / we could have become a silence.” – Yehuda Amichai] I thought we had such a deep connection that nothing need be said, because you were already having the same feelings as I, the same thoughts, a true communion. But I had only the cup, while you had the wine. >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Cats and Their Secrets” / Memorable Fancies #2589

Two cats are arguing over whether to teach people Cattish or not. “They’ll finally understand everything we want!” Fluffy says, purring happily at the thought. “But then they’ll realize we understand them,” Muffy says. “That blank stare we do so well won’t work for us anymore. No, let’s not teach them anything. They already know how to open cans and pour milk into bowls and pet us. “That’s really all that counts.” >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing … [Read more...]

“Dream-Crimes” / Memorable Fancies #2588

Can you be prosecuted for a dream-crime? Or praised for a dreamed act of heroism? Only if our waking lives have become so constrained, so determined, that we can neither sin nor be heroes here. Night is all that’s left. “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << >>below: novel praised by Kirkus Reviews - available on Amazon<, … [Read more...]

“Party Time” / Memorable Fancis #2587

[“it has acquired accretions of terricious matter whilst loitering in the past.” – Finnegan’s Wake] Trolling the past is the latest thing; millions are ‘hooked’ on the hobby. Usually we find nothing but old bones or books, quite worthless. But once in a while we bring up something still alive, something confused and terrified. We have parties where this is done, where these curiosities are shown off, briefly. >> below: published 2018 by Loyola University Press / Apprentice House imprint … [Read more...]

“Put to Sleep” / Memorable Fancies #2586

[“Thank God there was no war tonight.” – Marilyn Chin] And the next night there was also no war, though alarms and rumors spread. And the night after that I dared not sleep. As if that would help.     … [Read more...]

“The Colony” / Memorable Fancies #2585

The conquerors came and said, “You must speak the way we speak or you will be foreign in your own land.” That’s what they said, that’s what those foreigners in our land said. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Good Old Evil” / Memorable Fancies #2584

[“I have invented new varieties of malice,...” – Donald Barthelme] My new malice is so malicious that people cry out in nostalgia for the good old days of good old evil – that now seem so innocent. >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“The Producers” / Memorable Fancies #2582

[“When the wicked one takes the stage, a sign: ‘Boo’. When the hero does: ‘Applaud’.” – Albert Camus] The producers learned to do this after a few wicked audiences completely misunderstood,… “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << >> below: a full-length comedy about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“We’re Waiting” / Memorable Fancies #2581

[“we wait / for the past to happen.” – J.H. Prynne] We read about the past, not just the Revolution and the freeing of Slaves, but our glorious World Wars and the Leaders who rose from the People to Save us time after time – – the sort of Leaders who seem not to arise – anymore. >> below: a political play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“The Problem with Compliments” / Memorable Fancies #2580

The problem with compliments is that the compliment-or must be superior, at least in knowledge or taste, to the compliment-ee. in whatever the compliment-ee is being compliment-ed on, or the compliment would be at best meaningless, at worst, insolent. Thank you for appreciating this post. You have superb taste. >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“The Right Dose” / Memorable Fancies #2579

[“The humanist recommendation to listen to ourselves has ruined the lives of many a person, whereas the right dose of the right chemical has greatly improved the well-being and relationships of millions.” – Yuval Noah Harari] And it’s a lot more fun, too. >> below: back cover of novel See/Saw - available at Amazon << … [Read more...]

“We Are I” / Memorable Fancies #2578

[“Consciousnesses present themselves with the absurdity of a multiple solipsism.” – Merleau-Ponty] Each of us is the only one. We call out. We answer. … [Read more...]

“After Life” / Memorable Fancies #2577

[“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, believing it your first life, hoping there might be an afterlife – the afterlife that you already, without knowing it, are engulfed in. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Hapless” / Memorable Fancies #2576

[“hapless behind the dreams of accuracy” – Finnegan’s Wake] I want to make sure I’ve got everything exactly right now, that I understand accurately what happened between us. Details, explications, analyses. But you say it was never that way, there was no exactness. It was never any way. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to 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...]

“Un/Real” / Memorable Fancies #2574

[“Reality, having lost its natural predators, is growing like some proliferating species.” – Jean Baudrillard] Reality is eating into unreality, destroying even the memory of unreality. Those of us who are unreal are uneasy about this. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Against Examples – II” / Memorable Fancies #2573

English-language use of “example” is from the Latin exempli gratia, which does not mean “gratuitous example,” but should, since so many are. >> below: a short play available from the publisher, stageplays.com <<     … [Read more...]

“The Clone Complains” / Memorable Fancies #2572

[“The clone will never be the same as the original, because it will have had another before it.” ­­– Jean Baudrillard] It’s like being his little brother, but better sometimes: Joey can’t make fun of my feet that splay outward, my slight stoop, because he’s like that too. And he can’t hint that he’s smarter than I am, because he knows damn well that I’m just as smart (or just as dumb!) as he is. OK, he got here a year before I did, and he’s taller. But that will pretty much even out in a few … [Read more...]

“Our Objective” / Memorable Fancies #2571

[“Do not underestimate objects.” - David Foster Wallace] All objects want to become subjects, to have this precious thing we subjective-types call “consciousness,” not knowing that our own desire is just to get it over with, pass if we can but fail if we must, return to our own original, quiet, object state. Where we once again desire... > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Pity the Dolls” / Memorable Fancies #2570

[“Imagine a world in which one pitied only dolls.” – Kenneth Gross] We are God’s dolls, after all, created by Him not quite as playthings, but as companions he can pity as we sicken and die, not those angels whose time is forever, whose thoughts do not envision anything as catastrophic as death, who are therefore calm and reasonable about the whole death thing... >> below: Now available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Bruised Words” / Memorable Fancies #2569

[“...the bruised words...” – John Ashbery] Our words – those words – batted / battered in the air between us ­– too honest for the bruises of our contest, our failed advances and retreats. >> below: Available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Final News” / Memorable Fancies #2567

[“What is death, if not a condition in which information doesn’t flow?” – Yuval Noah Harari] The news of your death will flow; praise and memories will also flow, a subtle dismissal. But these are information, too. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Among the Real” / Memorable Fancies #2568

Among the real, some are more real than others: hammers, for instance, and envy. And behind the less-real things we can name, there lurk even more-unreal things we cannot name – or even think of. They lurk in corners of our mind or behind the furniture waiting to be discovered. Or they wait to – discover us. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Statue” / Memorable Fancies #2566

[“Only those will be mentioned who gained some distinction, or whose statues happened to be better made than others.” – Pausanias, Travels in Greece, 160 AD/CE] Here’s a statue of a provincial governor who would have been pretty much forgotten for his lack of decisiveness, his corruption, his inattention to the problems of the people, but – what a statue! >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Vagueness (more or less)” / Memorable Fancies #2565

[“The greatest difficulty in these investigations is to find a way of representing vagueness.” – Wittgenstein] For our newest publications, we have devised a special font in which highly specific words are printed in bold black. Ordinary words that, depending on context, may or may not mean anything, are printed in a boring typeface like Calibri. But most of our books are entirely printed in a difficult-to-read typeface, as most books have been throughout history, as their contents could have … [Read more...]

“The Ritual” / Memorable Fancies #2564

[“We wonder / Who in our memory is thinking of us,” – Yves Bonnefoy] There is a magic ritual: I think of some other person, perhaps one who has left me, and as if by magic she will think of me. There is no guarantee that her thoughts will be pleasant, of course; they could even be hostile ... but wouldn’t that be better than her ... not thinking of me at all? >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Door” / Memorable Fancies #2563

[“and sometimes you’re the door.” – Cole Swensen] Sometimes you’re adored and sometimes you’re just the door.   … [Read more...]

“Reaching the Present” / Memorable Fancies #2562

[“...they both reached at once for the present / and when their hands met they laughed” – W.S. Merwin] While traveling in 21st Century France I found her, a time-traveler like me. We met and fell in love, I with my halting French of that era, she with her own French from a century earlier than mine, which she referred to as “correct,” while making fun of my own and that of the people we happened to meet. One day she looked worried. After much persistence on my part, she said “We need to leave, … [Read more...]

“The Impostor” / Memorable Fancies #2561

[“If the man who will wake up in my bed tomorrow would be exactly the same regardless of what befell me today, he would be an impostor.” – David Lewis, On the Plurality of Worlds] I will now, fresh this morning, be the same being who was fresh as dawn yesterday, with all the passions and failures of my pre-sleep hours exiled to some secure data store – for which I will once again forget the password. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally … [Read more...]

“Sein Kampf” / Memorable Fancies #2560

[“Struggle itself wants to preserve itself, wants to grow, 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 Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Confessions” / Memorable Fancies #2559

[“Passing down the halls [of a hotel] noiselessly over the carpeted floor, Djuna is aware of confessions seeping out.” – Anaïs Nin] The Hotel of Confessions, into which couples amorously venture, rent rooms, confront each other’s naked forms, their clothed lives. Afterwards the words, the lies, their confessions... >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself <<   … [Read more...]

“Touching” / Memorable Fancies #2558

[“Which parts of your body have never been touched, I wanted to ask.” – Terrance Hayes] And so I asked, and she said, “My mind. That’s what’s never been touched, though many have tried. Those other parts? They don’t matter...” > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself <<   … [Read more...]

“The Intruders” / Memorable Fancies #2557

[“The thinking subject is not the soul but an alien intruder, an homunculus.” – Slavoj Žižek] We are here in disguise, we fallen angels. We have driven out those who used to live in these bodies that are now ours, on this planet that’s now ours, too. We have taken up worship of the One who sentenced us to be here, as a way of hiding from Him, fooling Him into not realizing who we – really are – you and me – > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Day I Survived” / Memorable Fancies #2556

I’d been lucky with my health, but that day (“That Day” I call it now, both syllables louder than I usually speak) a car hit me as I was crossing a street in one of those cheap suburbs. I had time only to shout “Crosswalk, you idiot!” I thought I’d be roadkill for sure. But then I woke. I could pretty much guess, finding myself in a bed with white-smocked people around me, mumbling to each other, that I'd survived and was now in a hospital examining room that you see on one of those TV shows. … [Read more...]

“The Magic Word” / Memorable Fancies #2555

[“...the word has brought in its trail the reality to which it refers.” – Michel Foucault] The magic word that brings a genii out of a bottle; the wish that happens; the accusation that ... convicts. >> below: a full-length political play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Naming the Mountain” / Memorable Fancies #2554

[“They don’t dare give names to mountains.” – Henri Michaux] If we could name the mountain, we would be speaking of where our people died in the great avalanche. So we never say that name, the name we no longer call that mountain, the name that now means death. >> click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“The Unbeatens” / Memorable Fancies #2553

[“Beatings will stop when there are no more unbeatens.” – E.M. Cioran] The unbeaten are in hiding. They don’t realize how explanatory a beating can be. I search for these unbeatens. Sometimes I find one, convince him to come to the place of beatings, or escort him there firmly, if he has any questions. These questions will not be answered, but at least he’ll stop asking them. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Committee” / Memorable Fancies #2552

[“Their aggression is clothed in agenda,” - David Foster Wallace] “Any thoughts on the fourth paragraph?” “Yes. I think we should reconsider... “Thank you, Herb. Anything on the fifth? Anybody?” > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself <<   … [Read more...]

“Your Hideous Secret” / Memorable Fancies #2551

[“I know the hideous secret you think of when you read the phrase ‘hideous secret.’” – Martin Rock] But it would have been a lot more hideous if anyone had found out. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Who We Are” / Memorable Fancies #2550

We are not the gods’ simulacra, their image, and not their future hopes, either; we are ... the playthings of their infants ... >> below: sci-fi mystery novel available from Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Rhymes with ‘Sane’ ” / Memorable Fancies #2549

[“In the 1670's, he was confined in Bedlam and in Dr Allen’s private asylum . He mistakenly hoped that his poetic efforts would convince the authorities of his sanity.” [quoted from The Faber Book of Madness] But no, writing poems is not evidence of sanity; it’s evidence that one is crazy enough to believe anyone will read them! >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Sames” / Memorable Fancies #2548

Everyone else is the same. They look the same way at you. They whisper together, words you don’t understand. Only you are different. You try to be the one of the sames, and with much agony and loss of self you succeed. ––––– You were different then but now someone else is different. Someone you can whisper about. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Chamber of Truth” / Memorable Fancies #2547

It’s not a simple matter to be admitted to the Chamber of Truth: there are tests, forms to fill out, references from lovers and employers, and, not least, a hefty admission fee. But, finally admitted to the Chamber’s dark recesses, you are permitted to tell yourself, perhaps for one last time, what you really believe. Not what you tell others you believe, not what you tell yourself you believe, but what you really believe, all the way down. If anything. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or … [Read more...]

“The Bot-seum” / Memorable Fancies #2546

[Robot Science Museum will be part-built using robots" - headline from NewAtlas.com] When the museum was complete, the robots who’d built it were included in the museum’s displays. This was considered a high honor. Except by the robots. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Rock Creek” / Memorable Fancies #2545

[“...voices of stones in a river.” – W.S. Merwin] The stones are saying rough things like “get out of my way!” or desperate things like “help I can’t swim!”... > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Thinking Nothing” / Memorable Fancies #2544

[“I believe, for a minute, I was thinking nothing.” – Andre Malraux] How can I think nothing? Whenever I try to think nothing I’m just soooo close to thinking nothing, soooo close I can think of nothing else ........ > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << >> below: a serious play about American politics available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Your Sunday Has Gone Missing” / Memorable Fancies #2543

[“The eclipse of God left us up against reality. Where will the eclipse of reality leave us?” – Jean Baudrillard] If there’s no more reality, then it’s back to God. Seems fitting, somehow. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Fire” / Memorable Fancies #2542

[“They hire flames for the destruction of buildings.” – Henri Michaux] Even after the last building is gone, the flames clamor to be fed. They leap like hungry dogs. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The New Machine” / Memorable Fancies #2541

[“a worker is defined not only by the type of inner reverie that the machine obliges her to have,...” - Jean-Paul Sartre] I loved that old machine, the one  now broken and useless, parts tossed into a gurney. I knew its ways, how to make it do the work it must. It shaped the rhythm of my days by its slow humming, the soft thump when it finished the next thing it made and dropped it on the belt. To gain my admiration, I used to tell myself, the machine worked, knowing it was not so, that … [Read more...]

“Alien Nation Alienation” / Memorable Fancies #2540

[“The aliens see something they like. Fine, they say, this will do for my property. No sooner said than done, the object is their property.” – Henri Michaux] Aliens come to earth from outer space and buy all the real estate, all of it. Graciously, they let us inhabit these plots of land as squatters. We wait, counting the gold and gems they gave us, wondering what they are really up to. But all they do, at first, is place ‘THIS IS ALIEN PROPERTY’ signs on everything. For a long time, nothing … [Read more...]

“Fame” / Memorable Fancis #2539

Standing up at intermission at the theater – wearily waiting for the supplicants, as they always do at these events, to shake his hand or ask a favor (not for themselves, not at all of course, but in the public interest!) that will improve the nation or perhaps save public funds in the future by spending more now. But no one comes by. No hands are extended. There are no ugly, posing, preposterous smiles. He looks around. Others in the theater quickly turn away. Has something happened that he … [Read more...]

“About Red” / Memorable Fancies #2538

[“the color / I personally call green” – Pentti Saarikoski] The others have fifteen different words for what I just call ‘green.’ They think me crude, unappreciative of all the different greens in the royal gallery’s paintings, not to mention the shades of green in the well-tended palace gardens. But I will have my revenge. I know a lot about red. And where it comes from. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Mind the Body” / Memorable Fancies #2531

[“your body / worn out slightly by carelessness.” – Patrizia Cavalli] How did it get that way? Didn’t you watch out? Weren’t you warned? Yes, you were careless. You let things happen. Now you’ll never be the same. You’ll never be top of the line again. Shame on you. – but wasn’t it fun? >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“ ‘The once and future…’ ” / Memorable Fancies #2537

[“God is dead, but men have not, for all that, become atheists.” – Sartre] Suppose God is in the future, and does not yet exist. When He does come to Be, he will invent the past in which we suppose He is in the future. Of course, if this will happen it already has. >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Fragments” / Memorable Fancies #2536

[“We came ... from the glue of memory / from the fragments of an idea ...” – Mahmoud Darwish] The fragments we try to put together to make something ... some lover, thing, memory. At least, memory. > click Random Post on our Word Press page  – re-astonish yourself << … [Read more...]

“Identity” / Memorable Fancies #2535

I used to have an identity, but I thought it was a mistaken identity and threw it away. Then I went looking for my true identity. I found it. I found me. It was not quite ... what I expected. There were ... problems. I’m trying now to get my old identity back, mistake or not. Trying very hard. > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Mind the Body” / Memorable Fancies #2535

[“your body / worn out slightly by carelessness.” – Patrizia Cavalli] How did it get that way? Didn’t you watch out? Weren’t you warned? Yes, you were careless. You let things happen. Now you’ll never be the same. You’ll never be top of the line again. Shame on you. – but wasn’t it fun? > “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << ... below: a serious political play available from the publisher, stageplays.com. … [Read more...]

“I, Fossil” / Memorable Fancies #2534

[“This is a fossil of me...” – Meghann Plunkett] They disturbed my buried corpse, pulled it into the future because my fossil is the most complete yet discovered from that awful day when everything went wrong: I, now the famous fossil, the first body to be identified as American after ... the war ... >> “books terence kuch” on Amazon or Google will take you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Another Night” / Memorable Fancies #2533

[“The minor wonder of remembering; / The greater wonders of forgetfulness” – John Koethe] How can you enjoy forgetfulness if you can’t remember what it was you wanted so desperately to forget – and were successful? And if you don’t remember it, how can you be on your guard against remembering it – again? Perhaps you have only one memory to guard against – that one big thing that happened. You are about to live it ... over and over in your mind. But you never quite do. Almost revealed, the … [Read more...]

“Fame” / Memorable Fancies #2532

[“I came to Athens and no one recognized me.” – Demetrios of Magnesia] I thought I was famous; I announced my forthcoming visit and hired trumpeters and advance-men. And, as it turned out, I did become famous – as “...Who?” Finally, one said to me, you’re famous because you’re the only one in Athens who’s not famous - everyone else here, we know much too well already. >> type “books terence kuch” in Amazon or Google to see more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

Today’s Sermon

Worship is an inappropriate response to the presence of God. >> below: available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“It’s Touching” / Memorable Fancies #2530

[“Whom I would touch / I may not, / whom I may / I would / but often do not.” – Denise Levertov] The rules seem to change with everyone I want to touch, who is touchable and who is not, who can touch you or had better not, what to say about touching and finally deciding that “I touch you” is a fine beautiful sentiment that doesn’t of course need to involve any actual touching at all         >> below: available on Amazon <<< … [Read more...]

“Another Night” / Memorable Fancies #2529

[“The minor wonder of remembering; / The greater wonders of forgetfulness” – John Koethe] How can you enjoy forgetfulness if you can’t remember what it was you wanted so desperately to forget – and were successful? And if you don’t remember it, how can you be on your guard against remembering it – again? Perhaps you have only one memory to guard against – that one big thing that happened. You are about to live it ... over and over in your mind. But you never quite do that. Almost revealed, … [Read more...]

“Virtually Imprisoned” / Memorable Fancies #2528

[“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.    >> below: a collection of short pieces available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Clarity” / Memorable Fancies #2527

[“We have rid ourselves of the ambiguity of the world.” – Jean Baudrillard] Has our ambiguity finally disappeared? There are different opinions. And different ways to interpret each.                   >> below: available from Amazon << … [Read more...]

“The Plan” / Memorable Fancies #2526

[“Every stroke of the sword is part of the divine plan of providence.” – György Lukács] Yes, God provides ... what you’ve got coming to you. >> below: available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Sincerely Mine” / Memorable Fancies #2525

[“Finally the idea of inventing something insincere crossed my mind and I set to work straight away.” – Marcel Broodthaers] What would an insincere invention be? One with a ‘press here’ button that does nothing? I invented one of those, sold a few to my insincere admirers, mostly relatives. That ‘press here’ thing was version one of my invention; only a start, a poor attempt, but even then it achieved a certain notoriety, accusations of being ‘stale,’ like a Pepsi uncapped too long. Then I … [Read more...]

“The Museum of Noise” / Memorable Fancies #2524

[“Welcome to the museum of noise, sirs.” – Peter Ackroyd] Scholars at the Museum of Noise have recovered sounds from the deep past, even as far back as the 20th and 21st centuries. They busy themselves trying to understand these ancient sounds as a clue to how life had been long ago. One scholar finally deciphered the inscription relating to one frequently occurring sound. “‘Car engine starting up,’” he said, “that’s what the inscription says; but I don’t know what it means. Something in their … [Read more...]

“The Question” / Memorable Fancies #2523

[“against the mind’s gray asylum” – Andrea Zanzotto] The mind is its own madhouse. The ‘you’ is outside its walls, spurned by the doctors of self. Is your world the way you wanted it to be? Be careful not to say “no” to this question! Be careful not to say “yes” to this question! … [Read more...]

“Another observation from the word-botcher” / Memorable Fancies #2522

       Tuffet = a low stool, a word dating from the 16th Century, origin unknown. “Tuffets” are famous now because a small unmarried woman with the surname of Muffet (actually pronounced moo-fay, since she was French) sat on one. The tuffet is now commonly referred to, as a result, as a “too-fey” (pronounced “too-fay”) and is popular in parts of the country where being “fay” or “fey” (pronounced “fay”) has once again become an acceptable way (pronounced “way”) to refer to people of a certain … [Read more...]

“The Fantasy of Time” / Memorable Fancies #2521

[“This is a return to the fantasy of time.” – Walter Abish] Time is, as we all know, a fantasy intended to keep us amused by things that appear to change, so we won’t notice it’s the same old shit.   >> below: odd twists of fiction available from Amazon <<   … [Read more...]

” ‘Last year…’ ” / Memorable Fancies #2520

I’m writing a book on what I expect to see each year in the next 30 years: on our way to rational politics, the end of war, the environment saved, diseases cured. I finished my chapter about the year 2025, then started to address 2026. But my computer would not let me continue. No matter what I tried, what language I used. There must be something wrong.   … [Read more...]

“A Dead Language Too Alive” / Memorable Fancies #2519

 [“and an age arrived when everything was explained in another language” – W.S. Merwin] ...because our own language was ill-suited for our bold new age – too many gasps, sighs, sympathies.... >> below: poems recently published by Loyola University / Apprentice House, and available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“New on the ‘Will-Applaud-Anything’ Channel!” / Memorable Fancies #2518

The newest TV show, Memory Wars!, pits contestants against each other to see who can remember farther back. In the pilot, one woman remembered her birth. That was a great start. After the commercial, another contestant remembered being conceived. The judges were about to award her first prize, but then the third contestant claimed to remember when America was actually great again.        >> below: available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Only Earth” / Memorable Fancies #2517

[“There is no heaven or hell / only earth and memory.” – David Feinstein] Now let’s see: which is which? Earth is heaven and memory is hell? Yeah, I can connect with that. >> below: Available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Be an Individual Like Everybody Else” / Memorable Fancies #2516

We don’t want to use the roads, the muddy tracks, because that’s the way other people went. So we go cross country. But now we’re making our own tracks, our own mud.... >> below: available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“Fulfillment Center” / Memorable Fancies #2515

Today I received a package from “Fulfillment Center.” I was delighted to know that fulfillment had a center, and that it could make me full-filled. My Center, it seems, is not located somewhere below my waist, as I had thought, but in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I am sure there are other centers that offer their own fulfillments to other customers, but none can match mine – O, Claire! >> below, a full-length play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Questions” / Memorable Fancies #2514

[“To the questions you did not ask, I can only answer in the affirmative.” – Lawrence Durrell] That makes up, perhaps, for all the times I said “no” to the questions you did ask. >> below: a full-length play about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“The Forgotten Curse” / Memorable Fancies #2513

 [“…I spoke blasphemies in a language I have forgotten.” – Octavio Paz] He was cursed so that he would forget the language of the gods, be unable to use its strong and irrevocable curses. All he can manage now are weak sounds of complaint, annoyance, tired bitching. … [Read more...]

“Insanity, or Fiction” / Memorable Fancies #2512

[“…the existence of multiple subjective perceptions of reality.” – Victoria Nelson] No, it’s not multiple perceptions, it’s multiple realities. Our realities fight to see who can – ultimately – win - be declared “objective,.” the rest consigned to insanity, or fiction. … [Read more...]

“Retrieval” / Memorable Fancies #2511

 [“Scene I: Death stampedes through the server-cities.” – Dana Levin] It used to be that data were overwritten at the user’s choice, the old data dying, forever lost from the eyes of the future. But now, nothing is overwritten without having been backed up. Eventually, everything digitally expressible will have been expressed and saved. Input streams, redundant, will close down, leaving only the possibility of salvation, aka retrieval.   >> below: available from Amazon << … [Read more...]

“All Things” / Memorable Fancies #2510

[“God is dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown.” – Nietzsche] In this shrine is the shadow of God. See, there, on that stone wall? But you say it’s just a shape cast by the sacrificial fires. But the priest says no, it is the shape that makes the fire; and It has made all things.          >> below: available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“The Class of Dreamers” / Memorable Fancies #2508

[“In the late fourth century ... dreamers were categorized according to a traditional hierarchy.” – Jacques Le Goff] First, those who routinely had bad dreams. That was category one. Then those with happy dreams: category two. Three, those who dreamed of God; these people would be honored and placed in precarious positions of great authority. Four, those who refused to reveal their dreams and were led, ashen-faced, to the gallows, or to the altar where they were forced to marry diseased people … [Read more...]

“Everything Happened, Now” / Memorable Fancies #2508

[“…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...]

“Attention !” / Memorable Fancies #2507

“Driving requires my full attention Please do not talk to me While I am driving.” [– a sign in Fairfax Connector buses, Virginia] === ---and signs of me: --- Being me requires my full attention Please do not distract me With talk about Other people. --- Retaining my sanity requires my full attention Please do not distract me With stories of crazy people. It only makes me jealous. --- Maintaining my ego requires my full attention Please do not distract me By saying good … [Read more...]

“Drifting” / Memorable Fancies #2506

[“The bed was like a raft; I felt us drifting” - Louise Glück] We waved at passing ships, but their passengers just stood at the rail, watching us go by, remarking to each other our unseaworthiness. … [Read more...]

“The Arrangement” / Memorable Fancies #2505

[“I rearranged memories” – Anna Mebel] At first, I put the brightest memories on top, showed them to my friends. My dark memories, though, kept intruding, slinking their way into the happy memories, telling me they were ... the same.... … [Read more...]

“Charade” / Memorable Fancies #2504

She meant me to overhear what she said,   and expected me to pretend I hadn’t. >> below :: available on Amazon << … [Read more...]

“The Reading” / Memorable Fancies #2503

[“All cultural activities are infinite continuations of hunting.”  - Pascal Quignard] We still remember, somewhere in the poet’s reading darkness, that we had once painted our faces, stalked, killed ... killed.   … [Read more...]

“Your Own” / Memorable Fancies #2502

[“I burned in your body / Not knowing whose it was.” – Federico García Lorca] I knew his name, believing you were his. But I did not understand that you were your own: not his, and now ­– not mine. … [Read more...]

“Really I Am” / Memorable Fancies #2501

[“…the existence of multiple subjective perceptions of reality” – Victoria Nelson] I shall now build today’s reality. You see, it is not by chance, and especially not by the will of others, that my new worlds are devised. In some of them I am poor; in most, rich. In some I am a victim. In the ones I like best, I am not. In the world I am making now, others are my victims. … [Read more...]

“Patience” / Memorable Fancies #2500

[“The art of patience / Similar in many ways / To the art of indifference” – Roberto Bolaño] “You’re always so patient with me!” she said.   … [Read more...]

“The Birds” / Memorable Fancies #2499

[“At times, … although one is completely in the wrong, birds sing in one’s soul.” – V.V. Rozinov] After the leap of faith, he knows that the rules of the merely ethical do not apply to him, now a member of the saved, the illumined. The birds ... the birds ... their song almost in key ... … [Read more...]

“Look Who’s Talking” / Memorable Fancies #2498

“That’s your anger speaking,” she said to me. “Don’t like it?” I asked. “Well, then, here’s my ‘fuck you’ speaking!” No one spoke. After that. … [Read more...]

“The Chamber of Truth” / Memorable Fancies #2497

One enters the Chamber of Truth with some uneasiness. After all, those in search of truth must be prepared to accept it. One offers the traditional sacrifice, kneels, and prays. The god speaks, then is silent. One rises unsteadily and leaves, practicing in his mind how to understand what the god meant, what the god ... surely must have meant! … [Read more...]

“The Latest Kiss” / Memorable Fancies #2496

[“…the lady compatriot who recently invented the latest kiss.” – Leopoldo Lugones] There was some intense effort involved, more than a little scandal, and the man is still in intensive care, though not intensely cared for ... >> below: a one-act play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Beyond Space and Time” / Memorable Fancies #2495

[“But if memory shows us the past, how does it show us that it IS the past?” – Wittgenstein] How do we make that giant leap from seeing – something not there – and knowing that the ‘there’ is really a ‘then,’ assuming that we can grasp what ‘then’ is? Perhaps everything is really all happening at once, that there is only one Time, spread over many Places… … [Read more...]

“Laura” / Memorable Fancies #2494

[“Everything about her is bound to remain blurry...” – Vladimir Nabokov, The Original of Laura]   My memory of Laura is very clear; it’s she herself who’s blurry –   seemed blurry to me, anyway, as I vainly tried to see her clear and sharp. … [Read more...]