“The Language of Hands” / Memorable Fancies #1529

[“Often those hands speak an unreadable language of their own.” – Kenneth Gross] I don’t understand his gestures. They seem to contradict his soothing words, but then perhaps I’m misunderstanding those splayed fingers reaching for me, the vigorous sweep of his arms, the clutching motions, the clawing... <END> Click on RANDOM POST above, for yet another something different … [Read more...]

“Cognitive Tourists” / Memorable Fancies #0129

It was such a wonderful trip, you know? We wanted to remember the place before it was spoiled by ordinary tourists yammering their civilized tongues. Yes, we had some language lessons, but we were still overwhelmed by the real thing. Imagine! names for five warmths of water, not just “warm”; the tense that means “maybe”; six grammatical genders even though they still have only the same old two sexes we have, ha ha. In spite of the pills we’d brought, we were infected by the third day. We … [Read more...]

“Another Language” / Memorable Fancies #1489

[“An age arrived when everything was explained in another language” – W.S. Merwin] And we didn’t understand that language, either. <END> … [Read more...]

“What They Really Mean – III” / Memorable Fancies #1409

“There’s no comparison” [means] a comparison is just now being made. “I can’t believe that...” [means] “I can believe that...” “incredible” [means] “credible,” as in “...the incredible threat of Islamic terrorism” (Ted Cruz, quoted in the Washington Post, December 16, 2015, page A21) <END> … [Read more...]

“An Object” / Memorable Fancies #1240

[“He will find that after ‘subject relates to object’ comes ‘subject destroys object.’” – D.W. Winnicott]       “Destroys object” because the subject reduces the object to its relation to himself, ignoring what the object is in itself and for itself. The ceremony of noun-ing has captured the object, now struggling like a dying butterfly pinned to a collector’s trophy board. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Try Try Again – A novel of deadly U.S. political intrigue … [Read more...]

“The Clever Fellow” / Memorable Fancies #773

       Zog has invented something he calls “Language.” He taught Language to several of us; that’s how I’m able to tell you what a clever fellow Zog is. It makes communicating a lot easier for us than waving our arms and grunting incoherently.      There’s a lot more to learn about Language, Zog says. Starting tomorrow, he’s tutoring us on something he calls “Lying.” Clever fellow. <END> THE TUESDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment … [Read more...]

“…………….” / Memorable Fancies #575

     We speak now only in images, like the finger-ducks we throw on the wall, ourselves sideways to the fire. There was something wrong with speaking in words, something both artificial and dishonest. It took us a long time to realize that. I’m violating the law just by telling you this. <END>      If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites.      Subscriptions to this blog are available … [Read more...]