dennis scharnberg

the heave ho

“Go ahead, Janice, and tell us about your feelings.  One by one.  Number them, please!”

Diana Moone,  Living Well.

yearning for buckets

“Words will be used, Peter.  We cannot prevent it.  Not yet anyway.”

Michael Margate,  The Shadow Path.

contemplating physical properties

Inspector Warwick chided him for turning off the stereo.  For tampering with the crime scene.  But Roger patiently explained that the changer held five compact disks, each one a recording of rock music.  At a certain point—at the beginning of the third disk—he simply could not bear to hear it any longer.

Kiefer Sythe,  The Detective Club.

scent and sound

To a certain mentality, any form of exclusivity is thrilling. Mastering the obfuscatory prose of Derrida, for example.

Tobias Esterhase,  Codes and How To Negotiate Them.

excellent garden hose

…commonplace words set apart and made into large dull images, macramé celebrations of the vulva, blunt presentations of paint and its dripping and clotting and tactile properties, dreary video loops endlessly cycling (of people speaking to the camera, of people displaying their private parts, of architectural fronts captured in slow tracking shots), ordinary materials (rope, linoleum, gingham fabric) juxtaposed in vapid displays.  The only detectable intent was that of engendering a mild annoyance, an irritation, in the witness.

Crispin Trove, The Viewer as Pest.

sounding the alarm

…because in reading Carlotta’s book, he found that it was possible to compress the real content of a chapter into three or four sentences.

Quentin Drabb,  Ebenezer’s Untold Tales.

hearing dog whistles

Pride in one’s lack of ability.  What are the consequences of inculcating this?

Titus Musgrave, Carthago Delenda Est.