“The Mysterious Emails” / Memorable Fancies #1705

You begin to receive emails with long, seemingly meaningless, sequences of letters and numbers. A code, it seems, perhaps a message, but you can’t find anything in these sequences that have meaning – they seem to be random, just noise. But then, you’re no statistician or code-breaker, so maybe they do mean something. Why are you receiving them? You don’t know. After two weeks the emails stop coming. That afternoon, visitors arrive at your home, knock politely. Calmly, they apologize for … [Read more...]

“‘But I didn’t…'” / Memorable Fancies #1681

Our secrets are everywhere in the cloud, shuffled from one server farm to another, replicated piece by piece in a thousand places, ready to come together on a microsecond’s notice, ready to shame us with remembrance – despite our desperate forgetting. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The Spiral of Secrecy” / Memorable Fancies #1345

[“...the most carefully guarded secret in history.” – Fred White] It’s so secret, that after many years no one remained who knew the secret. And yet the fact that there was such a secret had to be maintained – this new secret, that there was such a secret, was remembered only by those few who knew this new meta-secret. <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 … [Read more...]

“The Secret” / Memorable Fancies #1327

[“I should have waited before I learned this.” – John Ashbery] I’d have been better off, happier anyway, if I’d never learned the secret at all. I was too young, you see; I should have waited, waited. Now I’m bummed out. I know you haven’t learned the secret yet – you seem so happy. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Pictures of the Invisible, a fiction sampler. … [Read more...]

“Secrets” / Memorable Fancies #793

[Reminder: on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7pm, I will be reading/signing my new short story collection at One More Page Books, Arlington, Virginia (onemorepagebooks.com). Complimentary wine, fun, fiction, and friends!] =======       We keep our secrets to ourselves. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, isn’t it? But, one way or another, we always end up telling someone else our secrets. Otherwise they’d never know we had secrets worth keeping, would they? <END>     … [Read more...]