“The War from Poolside” / Memorable Fancies #1819

[“like a war viewed from poolside” – Michael Palmer] We sat by the pool, calmly watching the far-away war on a small TV propped up on a chair. Reporters were breathlessly brave but ducked when a shell hit near them, when the news image shook. And then we heard the sirens of dread, our own news. Our TV shook, fell off its chair hissing dead into the water And all the images drowned. >  [Click Random Post above – re-astonish yourself] … [Read more...]

“The Forever Day” / Memorable Fancies #1781

[“It seems, at certain moments, as though the universe has stopped moving.” – Lydia Davis] Something has jammed the machinery of the world. We are stuck at March 7th. This day, this same day, keeps repeating. Though most of us will probably find this distressing, it could have been worse: the weather on this final March 7th is, in most places, rather pleasant. But why this particular day? Would something have – happened – on March 8th? Something we’ve been spared? What would the headlines … [Read more...]

“That Final Secret” / Memorable Fancies #1675

I’ve got to tell you the secret now – because they’re on to me, and the world must know! By tomorrow – maybe even today – they’ll have captured me and uploaded me to an undisclosed location in the Cloud, or just deleted me outright. Even by telling you this, I’ve put your existence in danger, but you must be told that the world we know - ended in 1961. Bay of Pigs leading to nuclear war with the Soviet Union? No – you probably don’t remember learning about that. But that’s when our world … [Read more...]