“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...]

“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...]

“The Second God” / Memorable Fancies #1508

[“...the land not worthy of a second God...” – Thomas Bernhard] I guess we got off easy – here, there’s only one. … [Read more...]

A Dystheist Creed

"I'd rather be nothing." - Alien 3 A dystheist * belief: There is a God; atheists vainly wish there were not. God is a farmer, and the crop he's raising is souls - human souls being the tastiest, if a bit tart. More souls, more "soul-food" for Him. He sees homosexuality as a threat to the bountifulness of His harvest. But He’s not a conservationist - it's grow as much food as possible, strip the soul/soil, and move on. * aka “maltheist”; not the same as “misotheist.” … [Read more...]

“The God Arrives” / Memorable Fancies #1468

There were so many violent rumblings in the earth, so many prophecies, so many voices shouting exultantly in the sky, that we were sure the great and awesome god had finally come at last. And so it had, but instead of a towering figure gazing down at us, the god was so tiny – just a few inches tall – that we laughed at it with relief. That was the last time anyone laughed.     <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“The Datebooks of Angels” / Memorable Fancies #1364

[“I wrote my name in the datebooks of angels / And did not care if they were fallen.” – after Noelle Kocot] In fact, the fallen angels are easier to get in touch with; they actually answer their phones once in a while. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“For Babylon” / Memorable Fancies #1357

“ ... Babylon of the golden sandals ... ” — Sibylline Oracles, Book 5 [The following is a free-verse adaptation of the Biblical Apocalypse of John (the book, also known as “Revelations,” that D.H. Lawrence called “A Hymn of Hate,”) Chapters 14-18] What I saw: Angel a-wíng in heaven, proud Gospel in its claws, crying       Fear God; for his judgment is surely come. And there followed a second angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city. And the smoke of her … [Read more...]

“Who Are You?” / Memorable Fancies #1350

[“How can it not know what it is?” – Blade Runner] I’ve overheard them telling each other that I don’t know who I am. That I’m not “authentic.” But I do know. I’m not an authentic of anything they recognize, true; but I’m an authentic me. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“The Big Thing” / Memorable Fancies #1336

[“We live in the aftermath of the Event; everything – the Big Thing – has already happened.” – Slavoj Žižek] There is an unspoken agreement among us: we will not speak of what happened, especially since there’s no way of undoing the Event, restoring our world, bringing back to life all those ... all those we no longer speak of. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Port-a-Soul” / Memorable Fancies #1279

[“take your soul with you, / nobody wants it” – Brian Patten]         So I took my soul with me. At first, I was glad to have it for company, strolling in the noonday sun or lying around at night, but soon it became a bore, tedious with admonitions, heavy with accusations.        Then I knew why nobody wanted it. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Regret” / Memorable Fancies #1272

[“Power is afraid of itself, and fear corrodes each day.” – Roberto Calasso] God is afraid of what He might do in a fit of anger at observing the repeated sins of His people, like cover the earth with water or consume it in flames. He has done these things time after time. But then He REGRETs, sets the world back to the way it was. But next time, He says every time, next time He will tell Himself that it is good, whatever happens, whatever He’s done in rage against His imperfect people. … [Read more...]

“The Final Heresy” / Memorable Fancies #1251

[“Rheterians – A sect of heretics. They approved of all the heresies before them and taught that they were all in the right.” - Encyclopædia Britannica, 1769]        Church members were required to pore through old books and find more ancient heresies, and more – so the faith could grow. Then, having run out of old heresies, they made up new ones. Eventually the Rheterians declared their own doctrine to be heretical, and thus the circle was closed and they could rest from their scholarly … [Read more...]

“I Made This” / Memorable Fancies #1243

[“I made this, I have forgotten / And remember.” – T.S. Eliot]       Sometimes I think I made the world – my world, anyway, perhaps not yours as well – and other times I think that the world was here long before I came and I’ve done nothing but watch the billiard balls of cause and chance collide, carom to their destined pockets. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Watching” / Memorable Fancies #1236

[“in hell, / where there is nothing to do / but see–” – Louise Glück] In hell, to be the eternal spectator of others, yourself silent, motionless, unchanged. Like sitting in front of a TV forever – without a clicker. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Leftovers” / Memorable Fancies #1223

[“The soul is what’s wanted, the body they’re allowed to keep.” – Nietzsche]        Perhaps our souls were taken from us at birth, the hungry god wandering from place to place ravenously seeking newborns. Not having known our own souls, we’ve never missed them. And yet, we’ve always had the feeling that something about us is incomplete, not quite right.... <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Tourists in Hell” / Memorable Fancies #1216

[“In Hades, the shades of the dead repeat the same gesture ad infinitum.” – Sergio Agamben]      What this gesture means had been a mystery to tourists and casual visitors such as myself. Some of us thought it meant “repent before it’s too late!” or “we’ve abandoned all hope, y'know,” or just “tourists raus!”      But then we found ourselves repeating that same gesture, again and again – and unable to leave the place of our own Hell.      Now we know what the gesture … [Read more...]

“Your Spiritual Name” / Memorable Fancies #1189

[“Every Christian has two names – one corporeal, the other spiritual.” – Albert Camus]        You seek to discover your spiritual name. The exercise is simple: you ask a friend to look you in the eye and read off all the words in the Dictionary of Adjectives, one at a time. If your eyes widen or their irises pale, you have just been called by your spiritual name: ‘able,’ ‘active,’ ‘adorable,’ ‘adventurous,’ and so on. There are, of course, certain risks... <END> Buy it at … [Read more...]

“ ‘I shit you not’ ” / Memorable Fancies #1183

[from the shooting script for the film Alien 3: Every few seconds, one of the candles goes out. BOGGS: What the shit is doing that? GOLIC: You're not supposed to swear. BOGGS: Shut up. It's alright to say “shit.” It ain’t against God.]       Swearing is asking God to witness that what you say is true. (“I swears it!” – Gollum). Cursing is condemning someone to Hell. Both are risky, as the god sometimes listens, sometimes takes you at your word, sometimes wreaks vengeance or just … [Read more...]

“Forgiveness” / Memorable Fancies #1176

[“Time flows in strange ways on Sundays, and sights become mysteriously distorted.” Haruki Murakami]      People move more slowly on Sundays. Some dress up and disappear into pointy-topped buildings. Singing is heard; pleas for mercy; words of forgiveness that no one quite believes – or deserves... <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Where Are the Bodies?” / Memorable Fancies #1149

[“I have put out of my mind what we did with all the bodies.” – Lucy Corin]              I’m afraid to remember where the bodies are, where we hurriedly put them after our party that, unfortunately, did not end with warm expressions of friendship, but only farewell; afraid that if I do, I might find the bodies nearby ... near me ... very near ... <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Ritual of Freedom” / Memorable Fancies #1142

   At long last the colonizers are gone, those cruel and violent people who called us “primitive,” “uncivilized.” Our valiant insurgents drove them out, or perhaps our diseases did; no matter.           Now we have picked one of our own to revive the long-suppressed ritual. The joyous virgin mounts the pyramid’s steps. I wait, knife in hand. <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“The Name” / Memorable Fancies #1128

[“Perhaps the sacred name had been misspelled / or in its uttering been jumbled or weak.” – Jorge Luis Borges]      So let’s try it again, shall we? Sooner or later our pleas will arouse the god. In the meanwhile we, his humble ministers, need to live, and your donations ... <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Belief” / Memorable Fancies #1121

[“Which gods may we believe in, and which not?” – György Lukács]      “Never mind,” said God; “belief is the booby prize. I want OBEY.” <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“The God Ponders” / Memorable Fancies #1115

     The god is thinking about how ungrateful the people He created are, how obsessed with their own desires instead of His. Perhaps they need a lesson. How about SMITE? Yes, a few SMITEs might solve His problem with these people.      And if it doesn’t? If they remain stiff-necked and obstinate? Well, there is always DESTROY. <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Weight” / Memorable Fancies #1108

[“Without God the world has become lighter and man heavier.” - Octavio Paz]      Now, there’s no one Up There to blame. Can we get Him back, please? <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“Waiting” / Memorable Fancies #843

[“A god is always threatening on the horizon.” – E.M. Cioran]        A halo appears above my head; the god has struck once again, claiming yet another. But this time He picked the wrong man; He chose someone who could fight back.        Calmly, I pretend to be saved while waiting my chance. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or on Facebook or other social websites. For an author profile, list of publications, and … [Read more...]

“Two Gestures” / Memorable Fancies #822

[“Layers of cold gestures” – Roberto Bolaño] I am in a far and impoverished country, one that does not appreciate our vital military assistance. What do the peoples' gestures mean? This one might be a man throwing a rock; another, a woman setting a fuse... <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon and Other Outlets: “At All Adventure” … [Read more...]

“The National Myth” / Memorable Fancies #816

[“The absence of myth is also a myth.” – Georges Bataille]        Why are there no myths in this country? No tales of dragons and fair maidens, ever-sleeping princesses, or kings longing to return? Everything is factual here; in fact, the people are proud of it, proud of their myth that everything is factual. <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social … [Read more...]

“Audience Response” / Memorable Fancies #809

[“Theatre’s functions of surveillance...” – Alain Badiou]     The audience is scanned to see who is laughing when, when a lip wrinkles, when a fleeting look of disgust or annoyance or boredom crosses a face. These observations are fed into the next evening’s production, and the next.     Eventually, perfection is reached and only a vapid pleasure survives. <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, … [Read more...]

“Clarity” / Memorable Fancies #785

      Recently announced: a program to enable people to find out what they really believe – not those solemn things said on solemn occasions but really – down deep – one’s ultimate beliefs unsullied by the demands of everyday dishonesty.        So I made an appointment with the local office of Credere, Inc., to help me sort all this out, discover what I really believed, what my “values” (as they called them) really were; to end my doubts and confusions. Credere would, their ads claimed, make … [Read more...]

“Photograph of a Young Man Slumped on a Bench” / Memorable Fancies #778

     So many worries! I walked right up to him and took his face. I wanted to ask, but it’s easier just to shoot.      What’s your problem? What are you, anyway? Twenty? Twenty five? <END> [note: there was an actual photograph, but I think the prose bit can stand alone - tk] THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon and Other Outlets: “At … [Read more...]

“Photograph, Railroad Station, Staunton, Virginia, Year 1976” / Memorable Fancies #771

     See the crowds? The station rests from crowds. The boys came back in ’45 and everybody went away.      The place was hardly worth a picture then, before paint flaked and iron gates rusted shut.      Look out! when they start to call it Old Town: already the dread / antique / boutique. <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon … [Read more...]

“Little Murders” / Memorable Fancies #764

     Fluffy caught a mouse.      The other cats startle stiff at what she’d dragged into the house: bloody, disassembled, played to shreds. They stroll away with rigid eyes and glassy legs, pounce on dustballs, practice desperate death. <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon and Other Outlets: “At All Adventure” – an alternative … [Read more...]

“The Tweetiapp” / Memorable Fancies #757

     The famous writer bought a tweet-generator app to keep his name in front of his fans, so he could get back to writing. An in-app upgrade composed return tweets: loving and admiring messages as if from the writer’s own fictional characters.      This app became very popular, not only among writers.      Were there, at last, any real people, or only their frantic retweets? <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or … [Read more...]

“Strings” / Memorable Fancies #750

         Punch and Judy shows terrify children when they see the strings, realize that whoever is pulling Punch’s strings is the real evil being making Punch punch and hit and punch again and maul.          They wonder who might be pulling their own strings. Perhaps something they heard last week in Sunday School ... <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social … [Read more...]

“The New Chord” / Memorable Fancies #743

      The old musician walked carefully down the street toward home. I’ve heard everything, he thinks, all the music my century knows. I’m very old and I can’t seem to die. There’s nothing left to do or say, and even this I barely remember minute to minute.       But then he heard a tune a child nearby was playing on a pennywhistle. Not the basic tune itself, which seemed ordinary enough, but the structure, the hints of what might at one time have been a novel chord progression now reduced to … [Read more...]

“Competition” / Memorable Fancies #736

     In the poor mining town, funerals are the only theatre. Only there can people show extreme emotions without causing scandal, indeed are expected to do so. There are coaches, classes, competition for awards as the death of a loved one nears. [– after Thomas Bernhard] <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon and Other Outlets: “At All … [Read more...]

“A Shaggy-Computer Story” / Memorable Fancies #729

     A patent application described the new machine in detail. 56 pages of text were provided, along with 443 schematics. An external HD drive appendix contained its operating system. In terms of the machine’s function, or what apps it could perhaps host, however, the patent application was phrased with such obfuscatory verbiage that any reader (or patent examiner) would conclude that what the machine would do really was unique and clearly worthy of a patent, even though they didn’t really … [Read more...]

“The Robot Quanders” / Memorable Fancies #722

     Am I the only robot, or are there more? Perhaps only some of the people I work with are robots. But which ones are they?      Or, how do I know that everyone else isn’t a robot and I’m the only one? The others look like me, they talk like me, they have emotions (at least a few of them seem to).      But if I can’t tell the difference, perhaps there is no difference.      Who built us? The others seem to be very religious, say pretty much the same thing, that God built people, … [Read more...]

“Five Briefs” / Memorable Fancies #708

Some people say they saw Jesus in the clouds once and they never were the same after that ’cause they kept looking up looking up looking up # I made a second body for me. He’s my playmate. No, I have plenty of friends, so it wasn’t loneliness that led me to invent my other body. It’s just that my friends aren’t – aren’t me. # Hot, foul air poured into the subway stations from the tunnels: a breeze, then a gale. There were faint sounds, then louder. At first, we thought it was just … [Read more...]