dennis scharnberg

barnacles and mollusks

Good is actually not quite good.

Anthony Scowling, The Beat Paradigm.

non-Newtonian pseudoplastic fluid

…either way, reading is now primarily about the commentary of the reader.

Winslow Steele, The Anatomy of Stasis.

an endless present

Success leads us to failure.

Godfrey Tooke, Collected Aphorisms.

he now knew

Any image will do. Just be sure to use the right words.

Lance Brookland, Walking the Plank.

taking the ticket

The World Wide Web is a handful of beads.

Roger Hedgecook, Stolen and Sold for Parts.

clap your hands

The manifest also mentioned this odd bit of cargo—nine large casks of broken statues.

Talbot Smalls, Barnacle Bill in Macao.

paid to smile

Mr. Gandolf sought answers to all the old metaphysical mysteries by looking into the fleeting images of The Black Coin and Daredevils of the Red Circle.

Roone Giddings, An Arrangement of Particles.

devoured by savages

starling silver

Andrew Tertullian, Pandora’s Ponderous Puns.

wicked number magic

Tired of the same old values? Try inverting them.

Godfrey Tooke, Collected Aphorisms.

era of devices

For years he dwelled in the village of Pangbourne, near the market town of Franklin, in the valley of the river Sutton. There he raised his daughter Euna and his son Ogden. There also he pursued a fitful career as a crank and as the author of “legends,” known today as The Beefsteak Tales.

Ernest Pinkerton, Boondoggling.