“‘But I didn’t…'” / Memorable Fancies #1681

Our secrets are everywhere in the cloud, shuffled from one server farm to another, replicated piece by piece in a thousand places, ready to come together on a microsecond’s notice, ready to shame us with remembrance – despite our desperate forgetting. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Harold Changes His Mind” / Memorable Fancies #1510

Harold changed his mind. It was old and he was tired of it, though he thought it still ran pretty well, for a mind that had been around for so many years, clogged with the silt of so many memories, his childhood and lovers and friends. The ads for newer minds sounded attractive, although with his old mind, Harold couldn’t quite understand what the ads were saying about nano and pico and femto and how buying one was such a great investment. Wouldn’t it be nice to understand all this new … [Read more...]

“Memory’s Delight” / Memorable Fancies #1463

[“deceit / begins as forgetting” – Louise Glück] ... and terror begins as remembering.   <Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Try Try Again – A novel of deadly U.S. political intrigue from Ashton Publishing Group (Australia).> … [Read more...]

“Forgetting the Future” / Memorable Fancies #1166

     I can forget the past – in fact, I’ve forgotten most of my own past, and the world’s too. But can I scheme, now, to forget something I plan to do tomorrow? Could there be a potion, a medication, an app for this? Then with a pure heart and righteous mind I could say – I did not do that thing, the act that I’m accused of. When did you say it was? Where? I must have been taking a bath, then, or posting something to my blog. Test me if you doubt: serum-needled or wire-bedecked, pulse and breath … [Read more...]

“Forgetting the Forgettery” / Memorable Fancies #761

           Sallie went to the Forgettery. She told the them that she wanted to forget all the times she’d shamed herself in front of her friends and lovers. “Fine,” the clinician said, “we can do that.”          Then Sallie had second thoughts. “Look,” she said, “those people will still have their own memories of what I did. They will look at me oddly, head-atilt, and say ‘Don’t you remember the time that you...?’ or worse, they will look at me and say nothing. Probably the latter, and I will … [Read more...]

“Forgetting Tomorrow” / Memorable Fancies #751

[“I can’t forget tomorrow.” – Mariah Carey]      “I want to forget tomorrow,” said Glen at the Forgettery’s reception counter. The clerk looked at him strangely. “I don’t believe we’re set up to do that, sir,” she said. “Why don’t you come back the day after tomorrow and we’ll help you forget yesterday, that is, it’s your tomorrow now but it will be your yesterday then, OK?”      Glen shrugged. “I tried that once. I lost the memory, all right, but I still had the memory of having … [Read more...]

“Forgetting” / Memorable Fancies #690

      I have this forgetting-project, y’know? There were some awful things in my past. But if I can forget them, they’ll just be gone. The problem is, some other people know what I did and maybe they still remember. I need to make sure they’ve forgotten, too, and then I can get on with my life.       I wish I’d never gone to that psychiatrist; now he knows what I did, because I told him. I know he hasn’t forgotten, because he mentions it in every session. He keeps urging me to go to the … [Read more...]