“The Diary App” / Memorable Fancies #205

You can buy an app that foretells the future – your future – what you would write in your diary the next day, if you kept one. Many people call it a fraud or a hoax. Like a fortune cookie, its predictions are vague. Like a Greek oracle, its words can be misunderstood, or are meant to be misunderstood. Nonetheless, millions of people have bought the app and look ahead each day. Sometimes the screen is blank; always it is cryptic. I touch the icon with dread, afraid of what I will read, … [Read more...]

“Pulling Our Strings” / Memorable Fancies #1566

[“We represent on earth as we are in heaven” – W.S. Merwin] We are the self-marionettes, the self-puppets. No one else can pull our strings – we do this just as dreadfully, ourselves, as the heavenly puppet-master would. I dance to my own discordant strings. … [Read more...]

“Fate / Chance” – Memorable Fancies #1366

[“It is not easy for some of us to accommodate the idea that we are causally determined.” – Eliezer J. Sternberg] It was causally determined that I wouldn’t believe such a preposterous idea I find so threatening. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: See/Saw. In this novel from Ink Smith Publishing, you can sell your memories for cash. And regret it. … [Read more...]

“This Place” / Memorable Fancies #791

[Reminder: on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7pm, I will be reading/signing my new short story collection at One More Page Books (onemorepagebooks.com). Complimentary wine, fun, fiction, and friends!]        Sometimes I like to imagine that I’m free, able to do something that could surprise me. But there are no surprises in this place.        Once there was nothing. There could have been a different something, but when there was finally something there was only that one something, What Is. The time … [Read more...]

“The Final Curse” / Memorable Fancies #720

     The final curse: “In a few decades the world will have healed itself of you. Nothing will bear your imprint. The last musty record will have fallen into dust. All that you’ve done, all that you were, will be utterly destroyed in the corrosion of time. You will never have existed.      This curse, too, will then disappear.” <END> THE FRIDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here, in Facebook, or on other social … [Read more...]