• The Mezzanine is told through observations of Howie, an office worker riding the escalator back to his desk on the mezzanine level of an office building.
• Howie's first observations are stream of consciousness about the beauty and use of straws.
• Next, Howie thinks about the use of small shopping bags.
• He realizes he has a pair of shoelaces in his CVS bag.
• Howie notes that he has broken his left shoelace this morning.
• This observation leads to a number of thoughts about feet.
• Next, Howie describes how he broke his shoelace that morning.
• Breaking his shoelace leads Howie to give serious consideration to the operation of tying a shoe.
• Thoughts about learning to tie his shoes leads Howie to consider when and how he made another "advancements."
• He thinks about a girlfriend that used to brush her tongue when she was brushing her teeth.
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