Jessica Levine

Jessica Levine is a recent college grad who lives and writes in Shanghai

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The Elevator Effect

Close encounters in the rain – by Jessica Levine


As an expat afloat in Shanghai, one of the things I miss most about America is time spent in elevators. I miss the strange, fleeting intimacy among elevator passengers at home, the brief bond that forms within an eclectic group of strangers as you take off from the ground floor — the smile you share in the five seconds between the seventh and eighth floors, or the glare you receive when you sneeze loudly around floor 11-and-a-half.

One August afternoon here, I found that rainstorms can create the same effect.