Look at all the cars,
and the people facing forward,
living in the future.
“Harlan considers what is lost and gained”
“Bonny and Ditto share some quality time” (XVIII)
“Bonny and Ditto share some quality time” (XVII)
“Blurtso lives in the here and now”
“Blurtso visits Harvard Square”
“Blurtso considers the bounty of trust”
“Blurtso loses track” (II)
What are you looking at? said Harlan. There’s a knot in one of the roof boards, said Blurtso. Yes there is, said Harlan. I wonder how it grew that way? said Blurtso. I don’t know, said Harlan, the wood around it is smooth and symmetrical. A whirlpool in the stream, said Blurtso. Yes, said Harlan. I wonder if the roof is weaker or stronger where there is a knot? said Blurtso. I believe it’s weaker, said Harlan, because when the wood gets dry the knots can pop out. Yes, said Blurtso, now that you mention it, I’ve seen old boards with holes where the knots had been. I guess there’s no good reason, said Harlan, for a knot to remain in a board after it has already asserted its independence by going against the grain. Maybe this one, said Blurtso, asserted its independence by staying.