“Alma’s Names” / Memorable Fancies #1565

[in the style of Lydia Davis, the novelist and short-story writer] 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 … [Read more...]

“Where Are the Gods?” / Memorable Fancies #1071

[“…the earliest of human times, when all stories were about the gods.” – Victoria Nelson] Demetrios raised his scroll and read us a long poem about warring and vaunting and slaughter and death, yet the traditional invocation of the gods was missing. “Very nice,” I said, “but where are the gods?” Demetrios looked at me as if in pity. “Here,” he said pointing to his scroll, “right here. In every line.” <END> NEW BOOK AVAILABLE NOW: Everything Wants to Happen, the first 1000 … [Read more...]

“Mind-Changers – VI: The Body-Sitters” / Memorable Fancies #1057

[The future: Transplanting minds from one living person to another is now possible. ] Can one person own more than one body? Yes, but each body must be inhabited by a different mind, in order to remain alive. That’s how the Body-Sitter profession came about: minds who are paid to keep a vacant body alive and watch out for its welfare, feeding and exercising it, until its owner-mind decides to inhabit it again. Body-Sitter is a responsible profession, because if carelessly performed (such … [Read more...]

“Roles” / Memorable Fancies #1052

[“ACCEPT ROLE, PSYCHOLOGIST URGES” [a headline, quoted by Donald Barthelme] A reported 27% of psychologists have found it difficult to adjust to their role as psychologists, but the remainder have come to accept this designation, or at least reflect on it ruefully, clinically. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends and share a comment here or on other social websites. For an author profile, list of publications, other information, and a … [Read more...]

“Any/More” / Memorable Fancies #1050

After an intensive and well-publicized search, I was the one finally selected, a few years ago, to make official announcements, to relate selected facts and sanitized truths. I attribute this appointment to my having a voice of a certain timbre, a face of plausible innocence, and an believable jaw. Citizens are required to agree with what I say, to affirm it with up and down motions of their heads and, on the National Day, also with loud huzzahs. But I know they don’t believe me anymore, … [Read more...]

“White Thoughts” / Memorable Fancies #1048

     At first, we avoid telling others our secrets; we tell them only to ourselves, alone in the quiet night. And then we cease telling ourselves these secrets, too, as the night has proved too dark for us, the silence too harsh. Eventually we walk from place to place, seeing and hearing only, white thoughts like white noise telling us we’ve never had any secrets, at all. None worth thinking about, surely. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends … [Read more...]

“Mind-Changers IV: Fair Trade” / Memorable Fancies #1047

[The future: Transplanting minds from one living person to another is now possible.] Florida is full of old people who last year were young people with great bodies and healthy brains, who sold their young-brained bodies for lots of $$ and retired into bodies recently vacated by the old, thereby trading a long and impoverished life for a brief fling of wealth, incontinence, and golf. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends and share a comment … [Read more...]