“Body of Desire” / Memorable Fancies #1692

[“Own the body you desire” – Michael Palmer] Yes, you can buy a new body – on some poor, obscure south seas island – some tribesman who’s offended the village chief. You bring him home and tell your friends “this is my body” because you bought it, no matter that it shakes with rage and insists that he’s his own, not yours to desire and own and plunder as you please. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The Immigrant Ship” / Memorable Fancies #1648

Yes! The immigrant ship has finally come to port. Today we will go down to the docks to welcome them with speeches and brass bands. Did the passengers do well on the long route that has claimed so many ? Are they strong and healthy? I hope so, because today I intend to buy one. Two, if the price is right and their muscles are strong – but not too strong... [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] a new edition of a not very old favorite … [Read more...]

“Strike a Blow for Freedom” / Memorable Fancies #1431

[“Roman praetors used a rod to free slaves, striking them on the back.” – Giambattista Vico] We remember that moment of joyous pain when we were free for the first time. But there are other ceremonies, where we may once again be sold. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Everything Wants to Happen, the first thousand Memorable Fancies from this blog, revised and updated. … [Read more...]

“Devices” / Memorable Fancies #691

     “Yes, these are the beings we discovered on the other planet. We use them here in the factory. They aren’t worth much individually, but when we put them together in certain ways they can be used productively.       “They’re live building-blocks, y’know, components. Semi-intelligent devices that can tote barges, lift bales, and so on.       “We’re even assembling one to become a beginning-French tutor. Well, so far we haven’t been too successful at that – all we can get it to say is “non, … [Read more...]

“Alone” / Memorable Fancies #606

“I ate alone, while a slave read me geographic narratives” - ­Leopoldo Lugones about far-away places where slaves were freed. Imaginary places, for sure. No such place has surely ever been. If there were no slaves, after all, how could there be masters? And who would read to me?   <END>        If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites.        Subscriptions to … [Read more...]

“How We Cleaned Up” / A Memorable Fancy #149

Model 1 of the home-cleaning robot was a disappointment to many. Sometimes it ignored messes or pieces of obvious trash that it should have picked up and stored for disposal. Sometimes it turned itself off, or claimed it needed to spend time in the repair shop. After a few months, Model 1 was diagnosed as having an inoperable programming error called “willful-inattention disorder,” which the ignorant called “laziness.” It was barely worth its keep in oil and electricity. Many owners became … [Read more...]