“The Cannibal Variations – IV: Domestic Tranquility” / A Memorable Fancy #421

[The future: there’s not much left to eat but people.]      There were arguments, in the early days, as to what stock-breeding should aim at. Some argued that health and vigor were paramount, to ensure the hardiness of the herd. Some said docility. Others, that transportability, i.e., the ability to move large numbers of hubes in boxcars without noticeable damage to their flesh and more days in transit before rotting, were most important in reducing transportation costs. But eventually there … [Read more...]

“from the Aztec Sacrifice Training Manual, year 1518” / A Memorable Fancy #420

     If you didn’t cut it clean, keep the pace. Feel the black obsidian blade lift your arm again.      Without a hint of hurry say the sacrificial words, but to yourself this time.      Some have the heart a little to the right; some have it bound more tightly in; some have small dark veins to snap before the heart comes free.      Move the blade strongly and simply, without shaking or jerking your head or hands.      If the drug was too weak, if she comes to in fright and rises up … [Read more...]

“Five Briefs – XI” / A Memorable Fancy #419

  The dead language revives. Where are the things it has words for?   #   When a man died in archaic Greece, his wife was compelled to spend one night with the body, to ease its passage to the next world. Many of these women remembered, for the rest of their lives, their marriage to a stern, unbending, silent and truculent corpse.   #   The sun god forsakes his subjects every sundown, leaving a more tolerant god in charge of our doings in the … [Read more...]

“The Re-Enactment” / A Memorable Fancy #418

[“...re-enactments. With actors recreating the postures, sounds, and ensuing mayhem ...” – Pil & Galia Kollectiv]      The producer wishes to re-enact the famous play where there was a riot, with many injured and a few dead.      “How realistic do you want this to be?” the director asks. “If we advertise it as a re-enactment, then ticket-holders will know that some of them, at least, may die. The original production wasn’t that way, of course; the catastrophe was a complete surprise. … [Read more...]

“The Cannibal Variations III – Factory Farms” / A Memorable Fancy #417

[The future: there’s not much left to eat but people.]      The “volunteers,” as they were called, were marketed as free-range hube-meat although most had come from inner cities or pockets of poverty in the hinterland, and neither type could really be considered free-range. Arthur Leben contemplated this, the toughness of their meat, and the danger of disease or ingestion of second-hand narcotics. He made a decision: he would establish a hube factory-farm, where the future meat could live … [Read more...]

“Monotheists on Holiday” / A Memorable Fancy #416

     Make a plan, what to do, where to stay and when. Who’s got HBO, heated pool, CNN? Count the hours, see the sights –      But next time …      Follow the wind; sleep where night finds you; trust in the gods you wish there were.      Flip a coin, still end over end walk away. <END> If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment in StumbleUpon. Subscriptions to A Memorable Fancy are available on Amazon. (www.bit.ly/Fancies), or just Follow this … [Read more...]

“The Game” / A Memorable Fancy #415

     The rules of the game are lengthy, detailed, and often obscure or nonsensical, but the players are instructed to follow them to the letter. There is a catch, however: a certain amount of cheating is not only tolerated, but accepted; not only accepted, but required. No one knows how much cheating is needed to win, and how much additional cheating condemns one to not being liked, not being promoted.      This game is often simply called “business.” <END> If you liked this post, … [Read more...]