Franx Fiction

I started this website since nowadays one needs a presence to be present, and physical presence is no longer sufficient to be seen in this nebulous virtual space. So think of it as a bullhorn, as an amplification, as a mic check.

Blog Posts

The Making of Sporknik

SPORKNIK . . . is a truly new dining experience.  It has now been officially featured in THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE following an interview Heather Bellow, the Eagle’s investigative reporter, had with me in a tiny yet quite popular cafe in Great Barrington, Massachussets. Few people know the real story behind this invention.  It would take … Continue reading

Stars Misaligned

Star misalignment is a serious condition. We all want to be whole, after all. It is not tempting to sit down and relax and enjoy the afternoon in Bangalore’s Botanical Garden?

The White House

In going on the record saying I would not put my foot in the White House as long as Trump, Pence, Ryan will occupy it I exercised my right of free speech.  I’m somewhat troubled by the comments I received, which called me a hero for saying this.  What this seems to indicate is that … Continue reading

Cutting a soft version of the medal

   At Coogan’s, the famous Irish bar just around the corner.  We go there sometimes to celebrate a paper in Nature. Ming came all the way from California to celebrate.  That’s dedication! Thanks to everybody! — Joachim

Nobel Prize

On Wed Oct 4, 2017,  I was notified that I have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Jesus Christ. Holy Cow. I’m a different person now. Someone recognized me on the 1-Train.  How come you still take the subway?  In other words, privilege  is the immediate outcome of this new status. The most satisfying … Continue reading

The Competitor

My ferocious competitor in instant fiction, master of the flies and master of cognitive chaos, has changed the rules of the game. It is not to our advantage. We used to be able to make up stories, tongue in cheek, creating an alternative world to illuminate the real one in which we wake up every … Continue reading

Eclipse Face

So I curved my hand and left two spaces between my knuckles, and these should have produced two disks of light when exposed to the sun, but instead each became an image of the eclipse, and the incursion of the moon is interpreted as the direction of the movement of the eye.

The Death of Satire

Trump takes the wind out of my imagination, hence out of my responses to current affairs as a writer.  I used to think satire is the way to go in dealing with things that are wrong in this world.  Satire sharpens the thinking by pushing things into their extremes.  “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift, … Continue reading

The Reference Problem

The reference problem is an old problem.  We do measure the actions of people by norms that have been established before.  All our actions, our pronouncements, are predicated on assumptions we all hold dear.  Even satire requires a general system of reference to be heard and understood. Rogues are by definition people who defy norms.  … Continue reading

Litfaß Säule

Seeing a Litfass Säule in Krakow invoked childhood memories from Germany in the 50s where these advertisement columns were everywhere. These were large cylindrical columns made of concrete, erected for the mere purpose of acting as walls for advertisements, such as for concerts, circuses, lectures. Now with … Continue reading