“Feelings” / Memorable Fancies #1044

[“Do you feel that the creation of new modes of hysteria is a viable undertaking for the artist of today?” - Donald Barthelme]      Yes, I feel it is. The feeling is driving me crazy. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends and share a comment here or on other social websites. For an author profile, list of publications, other information, and a contact form, see www.terencekuch.net. To browse or buy the author’s novels or story … [Read more...]

“The Fear-Whisperer – VII” / Memorable Fancies #1043

Didn’t you tell me you locked the back door? # Those people – over there – they’ve started to run. Are they just having fun? or ... maybe you should start running, too. # Is that you? Is that you? Harold? ... # Why is everything suddenly so quiet? # “We interrupt this broadcast for a special address by the President …” <END> THE PITCH   If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends and share a comment here or on other social … [Read more...]

“Infection” / Memorable Fancies #1042

     Those people, there, those good citizens, strolling and smiling like windup toys; they didn’t want you among them. They threw you out and told you not to come back. You were a foreign element, they said, an unwanted minority, like some kind of disease. But if you’re a disease, then you could ... <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends and share a comment here or on other social websites. For an author profile, list of publications, other … [Read more...]

“Observation” / Memorable Fancies #1041

[“Now I can keep her under constant surveillance, through this system of mirrors and trained dogs.” – Donald Barthelme]     Since that was written (1965), civilization has advanced beyond such primitive means to keep track of one’s wife as mirrors and dogs. We now have mirror apps, elevated heartrate snooper apps, analyze facial expression for possible unfaithfulness apps, knows when she takes off her ring and slips it into a pocket apps, more insidious and different apps each day.    If … [Read more...]

“Mind-Changers – III: Reducing Corporate HR Expense” / Memorable Fancies #1040

[The future: Transplanting minds from one living person to another is now possible. ]      Almost immediately, large corporations saw an opportunity to improve their career-development programs without incurring substantial additional expense.      “Now,” FlexiCorp CEO Julius Carruthers told an inquiring reporter from Business Week, “we can promote the minds of promising young men. And women,” he added hastily, “from their present lower-salaried bodies into higher-salaried bodies without … [Read more...]

“The Missing Day” / Memorable Fancies #1039

    Would you lose a day of your life for a hundred dollars? A thousand? A million? At some point, you will say “yes.” Which day, you ask, suspiciously, and the man with the thin dark moustache says, “just an ordinary day, a week from Thursday. Nothing of importance would have happened to you on that day. You’ll never miss it. But my client – a very important client – is interested in acquiring that day of your life. That particular day. Very interested.”      But suspecting a trick, you tell … [Read more...]

“The e-Theatre” / Memorable Fancies #1038

     The e-theatre is open to all the world’s social media. We visit it often to see what marvels will assault us next, our eyes and minds. Sometimes the fare is creative and unexpected. That’s what we wait for, hope for, although most of the theater’s offerings are incomprehensible, crude, or grotesquely obvious.      We wait to see who will next hijack the e-theatre’s data link, pour hatred onto our screen, or plead for amity among all nations, or advocate cleansing the world of harmful … [Read more...]