“The Blanks” / Memorable Fancies #1715

[“I don’t like remembering things.” – Ezra Pound] I’ve given up remembering. Not everything. y’know, just things I didn’t like that happened to me. There are great blanks, now. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to fill them in with memories of things that should have happened to me, new and better things. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll just go back to blanks. [Below: Back cover of my second novel, See/Saw - available on Amazon] … [Read more...]

“Killing-Time” / Memorable Fancies #220

“Tired of just killing time? Do you really enjoy all those games of solitaire, those TV re-runs, reading those finely wrought first novels? Don’t they just make your boredom more intense, make time go by even slower? The solution, my friends, is FastForward, a simple device that turns off your brainwaves, blanks your mind for a time interval you select. The FastForward system normally sells for $149.95, but if you act now we will rush it to you for only $19.95. That’s right, just $19.95, … [Read more...]

“Never Happened” / Memorable Fancies #673

Why do we sometimes remember events that never happened? This puts the whole concept of “happened” into question, doesn’t it? Why do we remember our shameful defeats that surely never happened? Must not have happened. Couldn’t have happened. – Could they? [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“My Memory Problem” / Memorable Fancies #1585

[“Stifling my memory lest it make a sound” – John Ashbery] I’ve seen physicians about my memory problem, read books on the subject, taken advice variously profound and silly. But my memory problem persists: I still remember her; I still remember her. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Glaciers of Memory” / Memorable Fancies #1581

[“the glaciers of memory” – Apollinaire] The glaciers of memory contain all the thoughts I never want to have again, frozen stiff and still, inaccessible. But even now I hear these thoughts grind slowly on the underneathing rock. They are searching for a crevasse, a way up, a way out. A way to reach the open sea. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Albert Hocks His Memories” / Memorable Fancies #10

Albert hocked his memories. Since he had led a humdrum life, his memories fetched very little, only enough for two or three beers. He wandered around the city, trying to remember why he was holding a claim check and a ten-dollar bill. He decided to have a beer and think it over. Maybe two or three. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The Prophet’s Message” / Memorable Fancies #107

The old prophet’s followers have begun to ignore him, although they wheel him out for public display on ceremonial occasions. He listens to their orations. His teachings, those long-ago words, have become commonplaces of folk wisdom, but simplified, distorted. Followers have added to what he said, deleted, changed. When he tries to correct them, he is hushed. “Perhaps they are right,” he says. “After all, what do I know?” … [Read more...]