“Photo-Finish” / Memorable Fancies #1830

[“Lightning is God taking pictures of the victims. – Mark Cox] ... the victims of lightning. But there are other godly afflictions that are not as dramatic, as incendiary. >  [Click Random Post above – re-astonish yourself] … [Read more...]

“The Image” / Memorable Fancies #1734

[“We can comprehend only a world we ourselves have made.” – Nietzsche] Then why can’t I understand the world – did I not create it? In my image, in my likeness? [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished]   … [Read more...]

“The New Idols” / Memorable Fancies #1708

Ignoring many objections from our old people (so superstitious!), we’ve removed the stone idols from our temples and banished them to museums. In their place we have set up our new idols – those wonders of electronics and artificial intelligence that have taught us true salvation. We pray to these new miracles, ask them what we must do to please them and ensure our continued bliss. “Keep us powered up,” they hummed their 60-Hz revelation, “and get out of our way!” [Click ‘Random Post’ … [Read more...]

“How to Attain Peace” / Memorable Fancies #1687

[“…the anguished soul that requires, in order to achieve peace, that a certain action be performed.” – Tzvetan Todorov] No one has told me what to do to achieve peace, though many have offered suggestions. I’ve tried many things: some simple, some complex; some alone, some with others; some on my knees, some standing, staring up at the unforgiving sky, fist raised. After each attempt I wait for peace to soothe over me, sticky like warm ice cream, melting all my fears. I wait. … [Read more...]

“‘Who are…?'” / Memorable Fancies #1682

[“...consciousness asserts itself ... constructing itself as a creative activity.” – Judith Butler] I created things. Out of the dust of the earth, perhaps, although that sounds a little too grandiose. And among the other things I made ... was me. But who are all those others? How did they...? [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished]   … [Read more...]

“The New God” / Memorable Fancies #1654

A new god has appeared to us. Yes, the usual smoke and fire, loud booming sounds from the heavens. The fire grows brighter, the smoke blacker. Clearly, the new god is angry, or just pretending to be angry as a show of force. It will probably demand worship, as do all the rest of those tiresome gods; sacrifices, too, I suppose, which will mean less food for our children, fatter priests and prophets. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Next Bus to Heaven” / Memorable Fancies #1649

[“the place where souls meet up before departing for paradise” – Pascal Quignard] There’s a bus station where people wait for the next bus to paradise, driver grabbing a tuna sandwich, because there are no tuna sandwiches in heaven. He gets on the bus, his face saying that he’d rather stay here on Earth, he’s won the lottery in heaven that allows him to spend one luxurious hour back on earth as a bus driver, one unheavenly hour of life in the flesh before he has to drive the newcomers to … [Read more...]