“What I Said” / Memorable Fancies #1700

[“...irreducibly multiple meanings which continuously determine each other.” – Judith Butler] When she repeated what I said, it didn’t sound at all like what I’d said. The words were pretty much the same, but the ugly voice – and the twisted face – and the mocking, the mocking... [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“‘But you said…'” / Memorable Fancies #1645

I said something, and then she said something, and then I said something, and then she said “But you said,...” And I said, “Does this make you the wife-o-pedia of what I said? Who owns what I said, anyway, if not me?” Our conversation went pretty much downhill from there. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Alma and Her Names” * / Memorable Fancies #1047

Alma Johnson was called Alma Johnson because, although she was born Alma Gebhardt, she married Harold Johnson. This was a few years ago, when married women half disappeared and in upper-class circles entirely disappeared into “Mrs. Harold Johnson” and analogous names. But Harold Johnson died one day, and because he hadn’t been an entirely satisfactory husband to his wife Alma Johnson, after a year Alma took her half of her name back and became Alma Gebhardt again. Harold Johnson’s aged … [Read more...]

“‘I married a stranger'” / Memorable Fancies #1582

“ I married a stranger,” she said. “Of course, you weren’t a stranger then – not then, anyway.” [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Pillows” / Memorable Fancies #1322

The party you hate but your spouse needs to be there to talk up potential clients. The party she hates but you need to be there so people won’t (perhaps) talk about you with her. The party you both hate but both have to appear at to show doubters that you have not yet divided the bank accounts, turned away one to a pillow. … [Read more...]

“Our Attachments” / Memorable Fancies #1436

The attachment is attached, but which is the attached-from and which is the attached-to? Does the attachment realize it’s just an attachment? And as to human couples, there are similarities also. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

The Great “IF” / Memorable Fancies #1435

[“Why am I not frightened? Why am I thinking about you?” – Lucy Corin] I should be fearful, thinking about what you – not quite did, but almost – or said you might – and started to do... but then I was saved by the IF you uttered, the great IF that gave me lease, so that IF I ever did the IF-thing, then what you would do to me would be my doing: my decision, my power; not yours. It is some consolation.  It helps me sleep, sometimes. <END> See the author’s work at … [Read more...]

“Burial” / Memorable Fancies #1329

The funeral was strangely like the wedding had been, many years before. Even to the flowers and the weeping friends, the photographers, the expected sentiments ... and the death of something that had once been alive. [inspired by Rohan's blog] <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: The Trees of Malice, 16 stories of horror and the weird too creepy to share. From Abuzz Press. … [Read more...]

“Sex-tistics” / Memorable Fancies #1234

      A recent survey claimed that the typical American couple has sex two to three times a month.      But that’s actually just a guess, based on men’s responses of “Every night (almost)!”, and women’s responses of “Whatever; I don’t remember.” <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: For Anacreon, 30 poems of love and life from the ancient Greek poet (originally published as a chapbook by Silkworms Ink). … [Read more...]

“SHE: HE: A Scene from a Marriage” / Memorable Fancies #769

SHE: I’ll tell you what you need to know. HE: What do you feel? SHE: I’ll tell you only what you need to know. HE: I want to know what you feel. SHE: I’ll decide what you need to know. HE: I want to share your feelings. SHE: I I I I I’ll decide. HE: You are cold and deadly. I need you warm and alive. SHE: Ha ha HE: I’m irrational around you to try to get some response. SHE: Ha ha HE: You are a corpse. I wish you would die and warm up. SHE: I’ll tell you what … [Read more...]

“Marital Blitz” / Memorable Fancies #584

     Our marriage counselor gave us a few “quarrel” scripts we could use when we’d reached a boiling point and couldn’t stop fighting. There was the “I saw you looking at him” script, for instance, the “why can’t you wipe your feet first” script, and many others. Several of the scripts had blanks where we could insert some term that pertained to our life together, such as the “Why don’t you ever pick up your [insert plural noun here]” script.      In case we had a quarrel for which there was … [Read more...]

“Promise” / Memorable Fancies #574

     “I promise,” he said to his bride, “that I will tell you each morning my dreams of the night”; and she pledged the same to him. They confessed, each day, their betrayals. <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 at www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch or at www.bit.ly/Fancies. – or you can just Follow this blog. You can also … [Read more...]

“The Two” / Memorable Fancies #524

     Two people combine their memories so that both have experienced what each has. This is a difficult and ancient technique from the Far East that takes many years to learn. It is supposed to bind the two together in love. But it never quite works out that way. <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 at … [Read more...]

“The God of No” / A Memorable Fancy #356

[“It is no less astounding that man should have conceived of a deity of time than it would be to conceive of a deity of negation or disjunction.” – Wittgenstein]      There are gods of No and Or and Yes and Maybe. Each god has its temples, its votaries and priesthood, its rituals in which heads move up and down, or sideways, or alternately up/down and left/right.      As a child matures, its character is carefully observed, analyzed as to whether its nature is No or Or or Yes or Maybe. … [Read more...]

“The Occupation” / A Memorable Fancy #144

Melanie gradually became fearful that she, her Self, was being occupied, slowly taken over by a silent army of strange and worrisome thoughts, unintelligible obligations. Hesitantly mentioning this to her women friends, she found that several of them, too, had these fears; some had harbored them for many years. They felt as if they were being pushed out of their own minds, that a stranger was taking their place. They tried to put a name to these intruders. Coming home one evening, Melanie … [Read more...]