black shiny multitudes

"...and how boring each was. Compared to the experience of the...infinite...and a life in which the subject is not scholastic or bureucratic but...Me and Us; the attuned ones amid the non-musical, shiny black shoe multitudes. I with my eyes on that almost invisible hole up there in the r-r-r-edwood sky...

from: The Electric Acid Koolaid Test
by Tom Wolfe