1) What do dogs think? I just know they are thinking something. They have opinions. Grudges. Feelings. they pass from this world with no protest. I want to learn from them, but they do not teach. They only show.
2) The seedless grape. Can any greater servitude to the human race be imagined than the production of fruit without seeds? How are more of these plants generated given the fact that they fire blanks? Does each seedless grape plant resent us? Do they feel like the eunuchs in the court of Cleopatra?
3) Sea water. I know we can't drink it, but why not? Some salt is good for us. We evolved from sea creatures. How could we have lost our relationship with sea water? It doesn't seem to follow the rules of evolution. What is in sea water that would kill us? Is it poison?
On Saturday night, at a party on Horatio Street, I had a spirited and exclusive dialogue with a reknowned author who thought my wondering about these things to be quaint. He also dismissed my desire to believe in some sort of god and some sort of afterlife. He is seventy-five years old and facing his mortality with both agile hands on all the gears of his brilliant mind, but when I asked him why he continued to do good in this world given his beliefs....