Things held near my face by students and staff of the University of Chicago on the morning #2 Hyde Park Express from the Loop.
- A medium-size cup of Intelligentsia coffee, which to judge by the sipping behavior of its drinker was too hot to ingest, its liquid heft responding to the vehicle’s suspension system in the air above my forehead. Redeemed only, and only a little, by the aromatic quality of the roast.
- An iPad 3G, sucking live internet to its five radiating antennae.
- A thick double-sided comb bound Booth School textbook read with singlemindedness and anxiety by a young and smartly dressed student at the level of my right eye and no more than three inches away.