The Art of the Middle Distance

Standing on the Tube and being petrified because of horror stories I have been told, I have been perfecting the art of gazing into the middle distance. In the middle distance are elbows and earlobes, bag straps and belt buckles, shoulders and shoelaces, warning signs and adverts.
I’ve been wondering whether actually anybody does really look at what they’re looking at when they look into the middle distance, or whether concentrating on not looking at things that are personal, eyelashes and lips and necklaces and fingertips, means that we don’t see anything at all….

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