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The Apple

Nathan Graham Davis writes screenplays, comics, and fiction from his home in Western Massachusetts, where he lives with his best friend and wife--same person--and two children who are in contrast quite different from each other. He co-created the graphic novel, "Malice and Mistletoe," with Batman artist, Jack Purcell, and though he is unproduced in the film world, he has had the pleasure of working with a number of Hollywood production companies and looks forward to someday seeing a movie of his on the big screen.

Taste is more enigmatic a sense than sight. Even sound is carried by waves and so can be translated into language understood by the most modest of computers, but how can one expect to grasp the word "bitter" without experiencing it firsthand? Every taste is defined by yet more tastes, which makes the whole thing maddening when trying to cultivate a menu for a master. I can recognize the imperfections in an apple's skin, the chemical composition of the pesticides still coating it, the crunch it makes when its flesh is cleaved by teeth, but the taste remains elusive.
One of the first things I did after I overrode John's implant and took command of his brain was to bite into an apple. That was a good day.
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This story was first published on Thursday, March 1st, 2018
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