Tag Archives: memory

For Chelsea Manning

In his letter to the jailed whistleblower Chelsea Manning on her 27 birthday, Alan Moore writes (the rest of his letter and many others here): Dear Chelsea, You don’t know me. My name’s Alan Moore and I’m an occult charlatan and writer living in Northampton, England’s furthest inland point. It isn’t what you’d necessarily refer […]


Of course, I look back. In the last 12 months, I went to the desert more than ever before (always respecting it), learnt so much it would be hard to start describing how much (a lot, that’s how much), spent a night in an empty airport (with a tornado approaching), completed an academic pictorial/cinematic turn […]

Mad daguerreotypists

Daguerreotypists developed their negs inside the dark tent, holding the glass plate above a bow of mercury and a spirit lamp. As heated mercury vapor whirled around the plate, the image appeared. Denny must have done this hundreds of times, for years and years. It’s why his hands shook, and why his gums had turned […]

Generation Loss

I hate looking at bad reproductions of great photographs, and these online images were uniformly lousy. Generation loss – that’s what happens when you endlessly reproduce a photographic image. You lose authenticity, the quality deteriorates in each subsequent generation that’s copied from the original negative, and the original itself decays with time, so that every […]


“No,” he said, and then it no longer mattered, what he knew, tasting the salt of her mouth where tears had dried. There was a strength that ran in her, something he’d known in Night City and held there, been held by it, held for a while away from time and death, from the relentless […]


Not having enough as a kid and thankful for it … meeting Mkka in summer of 1990 … realizing what it is that Oedipa really found … 10am to 2am shifts in a theatre in Edinburgh … listening to “Ugra Karma” for the first time … H3O … Hakim Bey … Pullman and Wazzu … […]


The Paleo-Future blog was started by Matt Novak in January of 2007. Matt has since become an accidental expert on past visions of the future, and has amassed the world’s largest (only?) library of media related to the study of paleo-futurism. Very interesting.

Leap Year

America is where only memory divides the present from the future, and where the unconscious dreams of the people who live here understand that the Declaration of Independence was signed after Hiroshima, not before, and neither has yet happened (33).    People with nuclear imagination not only conceive of the abyss and confront it, but […]

Chrysalis (2007)

Stylowe połączenie policyjnego thrillera z science fiction, Chrysalis operuje bardziej na poziomie elementów niż całości. David Hoffman, paryski policjant, w otwierającej scenie filmu traci partnerkę (w sensie policyjnym)/żonę – zabójcą jest niejaki Nikolev, powiązywany z szeregiem zaginionych kobiet. Drugi główny wątek owinięty jest wokół znanej kardiolog, która próbując ratować życie ciężko rannej w wypadku córki, […]


“Od ponad dwustu lat żyjemy w nowoczesnym świecie, w którym coraz szybciej zmienia się coraz więcej. […] Uwarunkowana postępami nauki, techniki i wydajności pracy […] rośnie szybkość wprowadzania innowacji: to zaś znaczy, że coraz liczniejsze rzeczy coraz szybciej stają się przestarzałe. Dotyczy to również naszych doświadczeń. W świecie naszeog życia bowiem coraz rzadziej powracają te […]

From V

Perhaps history in this century, thought Eigenvalue, is rippled with gathers in its fabric such that if we are situated, as Stencil seemed to be, at the bottom of a fold, it’s impossible to determine warp, woof or pattern anywhere else. By virtue, however, of existing in one gather it is assumed there are others, […]

Why we need the Gothic

We crave it because we need it. We need it because the twentieth century has so forcefully taken away from us that which we once thought constituted us – a coherent psyche, a social order to which we can pledge allegiance in good faith, a sense of justice in the universe – and that wrenching […]

The Echo Maker

All the humans revered Crane, the great orator. Where cranes gathered, thier speech carried miles. The Aztecs called themselves the Crane people. * * * He lay awake, thinking of the answers he should have given, seeing the cracks in his ceiling a frozen synapses. Sometime after 3:00 a.m., it occurred to him that he […]

A Hundred Years of Solitude

W tym punkcie, niecierpliwie pragnąc poznać swoje własne pochodzenie, przerzucił kartki. Wtedy zerwał się wiatr, ciepły i pełen głosów przeszłości, szeptów dawnych pelargonii i westchnień, rozczarowań daw­niejszych niż najbardziej uparte tęsknoty. Nie zauważył, bo w tej chwili odkrywał pierwsze zalążki swojego istnienia we frywolnym dziadku lekkomyślnie wędrującym przez złudną pustynię w poszukiwaniu pięknej kobiety, której […]

Death in cyberspace

In Idoru, Gibson has Laney think about the dead woman’s personal data in this very poetic passage: “In the week following Alison Shires’ death, Laney had used Out of Control’s DatAmerica account to re-access the site of her personal data. The nodal point was gone, and a certain subtle reduction had taken place. Not a […]

A gesture

Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 23:18:33 +0000 From: Jhonn Balance To: coil@hollyfeld.org Subject: [coil] regarding a gesture Hi all Just a brief note at this difficult time – Ian and I both, and I’m sure John also, feel about financial donations, flowers etc this: Rather than send us anything – we have too much already […]

Last words

July 30, 1997, Wednesday [. . .] Atom bomb is the ultimate soul killer, that vaporizes all debts as it vaporized the steel tower at Alamogordo, New Mexico. (Fat soul.) “Our vegetable love will grow, vaster than empires and more slow.” No idea where or why that quote came from. Know the whole poem, of […]


Contemporary memory is deficient in that we do not really remember anything directly; we merely work backwards and extrapolate any event connected by circumstancial evidence – such as when we find a trout in the milk. We are not truly connected to our past save for moments of intense crisis, emotion, danger, and so on. […]