The sky is what I like to call “anime blue”: a clear, intense, friendly blue, characteristic of a warm spring or early fall, that seems to promise a bit of adventure and fun. I’m standing on an asphalt playground at a school on the Lower East Side, helping fit kids for shoes that the company I’m working for is giving away.
“So what’s your favorite subject?” I ask the boy sitting in front of me while I unbox a new pair of sneakers.
He looks very serious under his mask, thinks for a moment and then says, “I think I like math best."
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