Wednesday morning was quintessentially spring—the air was crisp, the sun was shining, and there was a light breeze. Driving to work, I was listening to Mozart’s Coronation Mass. The sublime Edda Moser was singing the “Agnus Dei,” which I know the definition of, thanks to Professor Greenberg of The Learning Company (also, if you want to hear an excerpt of the song, click here and scroll down to number 6). As I approached the ramp to the expressway, though, I noticed a police car, lights flashing, on the side of the road. A beat up green compact had been pulled over. The driver, a young man in a rumpled t-shirt, torn jeans and bare feet, stood between the vehicles. His hands were cuffed behind him and he had his head down.
I don’t quite know how to explain it, but the look on the young man’s face, coupled with the voice of Edda Moser—surreal is the only word that comes to mind.