A cluttered desk, a twenty-minute appointment, a student and a teacher, and what ensues are cerebral twists and turns, well beyond the subdued, weightiness of departmental office hours. We inhabit this narrow space and learn about the teacher and about the student. The student objects to insensitive classroom remarks and is averse to a proposed field trip to a homeless shelter. The teacher surrounds herself with piles of papers, efforts unread from three years back. They stand in opposition: the teacher who puts pen to paper – an older white woman, and her student, a young black man who reads novels on his phone.