dennis scharnberg

humor less ness

“She’s out with one of her poet friends.  Where, I don’t know.”

Diana Moon,  Living Well.

barrel of fish

“What an obedient author!” exclaimed Collins, upon finally reading Ulysses.

Tristan Holyoke,  A Tree Full of Monkeys.

so very now

Withdrawal from a world of illusion is illusion.

Hunter Hogarth,  Raised by Wolves.

under the shadow

“Your thinking is untidy, Philip,” said Otto in the dead fish voice.

Pryce Cummings,  Rattle Box.

in our time

“There is so much on the internet that I do not want to know about, Jennifer.  So much.”

Rhonda Carstairs,  A Bad Case of the Whim-Whams and Other Stories.

in unusual areas

A rule does not force us to follow it, someone said.  So, following the rule has to do with things other than the rule itself.

Trevor Albertus,  Malevolent Asymmetry.

talents and skills

A system is not an answer.

Godfrey Tooke,  Collected Aphorisms.

chain of command

“The degradation comes first,” explained Mr. Beddowes.  “Then comes the destruction, in no time at all.”

Thaddeus Crewes,  Crowded Evil World.

a thorny situation

There is no penalty for anything.  For being wrong.  For wronging.  Nothing.

Titus Musgrave,  Carthago Delenda Est.

pale wildwood flower

Buzz had made a mistake.  A fairly big one.  He claims now that he was unable not to.

Nicholas Crisp,  Unfit for Murder.