“The No-Waiting Room” / Memorable Fancies #1706

There is a room where no one waits. Arrivals are cleverly queued so that the dissectionist enters from his cold tables just as you pass through the no-waiting-room door. He is ready for you. This  time, there’s no need to sit down, search for that magazine with a torn cover, grimace at others waiting in the room or ignore them,... [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Hell’s Open House” / Memorable Fancies #1694

Hell has an open house. There are refreshments, “hot” hors d'oeuvres still wriggling on their skewers, crying for mercy. You say, how extraordinary: one of them looks just like me! And your host, smiling broadly, says, “Yes ... yes.” [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Sympathy for the Devil” / Memorable Fancies #1662

[“No doubt we here may sympathize with the torturer, and so get pleasure.” – F.H. Bradley] Our pleasure is that someone else is being tortured, not us; but our unhappiness is that someone else is doing the torturing, not us.   … [Read more...]

“Boots” / Memorable Fancies #217

[Neuroscientists find a way to record dreams as the dreamer experienced them.] Dream-recording can be forced by order of FISA in the case of accused terrorists, including those who merely served as their pastry-chefs or vanity publishers. Perhaps, was the hope, these people would dream about their co-conspirators, or where the dirty bombs were, or which American city would be next. But the accused dreamed only about Guantanamo, their cage, the boots of their guards. [Click ‘Random Post’ … [Read more...]

“Remorse” / Memorable Fancies #1009

[“Dart a very fine glance into the eye of the torturer. He will be left with eternal remorse, without even remembering it.” – Jean Baudrillard] That’s a pleasant consolation for you as he cleans, and again uses, the delicate instruments of his trade. <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 contact form, see … [Read more...]

“The Insanity Program” / Memorable Fancies #724

     From the ceiling, from the walls, came the soft voices. Occasionally, Matthew recognized a word or two, important words that reeked of meaning: “...almost too late for...”. “...do you know what he...”.]      He strained to hear the voices, but the more intently he listened, the quieter they became. It was driving him crazy, he thought, hearing something he couldn’t hear.      “SPEAK UP, FOR GOD’S SAKE,” Matthew shouted, but the voices continued softly, calmly, unperturbed. He stuffed … [Read more...]

“How to Torture” / A Memorable Fancy #050

At first, the fallen angels reappeared as devils and scourged us, set us aflame with ever-searing heat. We called out to our companions among the damned, for they suffered alongside us. But gradually the devils departed, observing how capable our friends had become at torturing each other. I, myself, after some whims of conscience, ... [– after Piero Camporesi]     … [Read more...]