dennis scharnberg

more bad memories

“When will someone look at the internet,” demanded George, “and see it for the trap that it is?”

Glynnis Hoving,  The Multiplication Murders.


no available answer

find  doubt

Andrew Tertullian,  Pandora’s Ponderous Puns.

enter into happiness

“If only I could put it into words,” thought Edward.  “Make a nice package.  Make it all so simple.  Neatness—that’s the thing.”

Rubina Malcolm,  The Black Box.

let’s have fun

“That, dear girl, would amount to ascribing a property to a nonexistent entity.”

Nicholas Crisp,  Unfit for Murder.

hurling brick bats

Dennis brightened the dinner party abruptly with his terse sketch of today’s literary culture:  (1) read the reviews, (2) devour the new novels, (3) give out awards to a few authors, (4) forget all of those novels, and (5) repeat the process.

Anselm Bligh,  A Collection of Miniatures.

you must turn

“They were looking for the capability to be embarrassed,” said Professor Wylkes.  “Just potential embarrassment.”

Buster Kelso,  Crimes Against Music.

waxing and waning

“It was scratching oneself in the nether parts,” said Mr. Fanshawe, “and calling it belief.”

Tristan Holyoke,  A Tree Full of Monkeys.

whirling and wild

When Master Anselm hath mallet in hand

Dost not each matter all round him resemble more a nayle?

Thomas Gryffin,   The Footman’s Felonie.      (1606)

Priscilla Fanning,  Fragments From the Jacobean Stage.

words about words

The bottle of cleanser fell into the sink, giving a sudden irritating crash.  And Simon cranked his way through it all again:  “If I could have a world with that noise or one without it, which would I choose?”

Chadwick Graves,  One Damned Thing After Another.

between the lines

“Third-rate shithole countries, Hendricks.  Isn’t that what Nature wants?”

Chadwick Graves,  Maoist Struggle Session and Other Stories.