“Your Jewel” / Memorable Fancies #1729

[A name is like a piece of jewelry hung around his neck at birth.” – Wittgenstein] Yes, around your neck where others can see that name you wouldn’t have chosen for yourself, a name, perhaps, now shared with a newly disreputable politician or crazed serial killer who’s no relation to you, a name that could be taken as male or female, a name that no one can pronounce - including you - ... [FYI, the German here is "ein Schmuckstück"]   … [Read more...]

“The Nameless” / Memorable Fancies #1707

[“Everything has already been named.” – George Oppen] No, you say, that’s not true. You start to give examples, but ... [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...]

“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...]

“‘Who are you'” / Memorable Fancies #1549

Who are you? My name is – No, not your name. Who are you? My name is – No, who are you? (louder)  MY NAME IS JOHN STEVENSON Who would you be if you didn’t have a name? (blank stare) Right... … [Read more...]

“Occupied Names” / Memorable Fancies #734

     In the old days, the fourteenth century, say, John the baker is called “John Baker” because he is John the baker. Then his son Eli becomes a baker in his turn, and is called “Eli Baker.”      Three generations later, Albert Baker doesn’t want to be a baker; he becomes a smith. He asks his friends to call him “Albert Smith,” but they call him “Albert Baker.” That was the first time… <END> THE FRIDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment … [Read more...]

“The Fifteen Words” / Memorable Fancies #571

 [“I imagine / inventing her from 15 words” – Marge Piercy]      The 15 words – adjectives, actually – were selected by Elisa’s parents after much squabbling with grandparents and uncles and aunts and the local school district that didn’t want too many “Brilliant”s or “Gorgeous”s – it confused their records, they said. Wouldn’t you like, say, “Astute” or “Serendipitous”?      But Elisa’s parents said no, and they had the last word until she became an adult and could choose her own words. … [Read more...]