Notes Toward Voluntary Self-Colonization


If you want to, you can stop now, but your imagination may take over and then you
can more easily pay attention to the blacksmith using a peat fire to melt a hardened
realist. You probably wont see the desperation that led to this. Not right away. Nor the
practical requirements of spiritual combustion.
This colonial process lies spread on the table to dry. History wasn’t my idea. The
powdered form is easy to burn, but doesn’t last long.
Then someone discovered you could use coal instead of political leaders for
heating interesting arguments and public buildings. For many years now, isolated
workmen have been perfecting a process of making charcoal from mistaken ideals. An
atheist gainfully employed in a similar manner is sometimes called a faucet.
Although they lack coal reserves, the superstitions found in primitive rainforests
contain many many useful and unexplained disturbances. Intriguing mutations of these
disturbances were once observed shyly reproducing in artificial tubes near Kuala
Lumpur. The sap from each of the two strains was said to have burned fiercely indeed.
Experts recently have found, however, that unrepentant Lutherans create a harder,
shinier finish. They are often used to coat Presbyterians so that they do not wander.
Because of this discovery, Protestants are usually waterproof and can be used for sealing
Peat, ancient now in the light of so many new discoveries, is currently used only by
former Boy Scouts, whose fervor can be cooled and poured into molds. They are shaped
and altered by this experience and sometimes donated to colder people of obscure beliefs
in distant parts of the little-known world. Missionaries soon follow.
Recent studies suggest that a condensed version of the entire process of heat
discovery occurs inside a single human body when attacked by cold reason. The body
sometimes chooses to burn the reason out and sometimes tries to eliminate the thinking
that led to it through normal bodily functions, in which case the intruder begins a subtle
but extensive attack on the brain. The resulting warmth is untraceable with current
technology, but its effects are evident in the behavior of the afflicted. Some contemporary
futurists have suggested a relationship between this behavior and the light arriving at the
earth’s surface from dead stars.
If you want to, you can keep going, say the dead stars.

Fiction. Modern Abstract Fables.

(First edition, hardcover with dustjacket, 524 pages, $36.50 USD.)

Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days draws from fairy tales, a condescending of a 1938 Social Studies reader for 6th grade, an 1890 handbook on marital compatibility, numerous annoying educational advancement studies, the myths and legends of third-world countries and minority peoples, pulp fiction, a history of carnival side shows, folktales, frequent conversations with Crows, Owls and a wide variety of underground inhabitants, insects and the people who collect them, Joseph Cornell, Günter Eich, Russell Edson, the French Surrealist poets, the Quay Brothers, letterpress printing, and the author’s inability to channel his imagination linearly.

Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.