A sad-hearted thank you to John Updike (bio on poetryfoundation.org). Rabbit Run made me want to read more fervently, write more poetically, and think more deeply. His beautiful descriptions of an everyday life made me notice the details that I assumed were part of life.
I still find myself recalling the description of the light as Rabbit leaves work in first chapter of Rabbit, Run.
[ Update to come. I had hoped to update the post last night with the excerpt from Rabbit, Run. Sadly I realized I've lost my copy (or, more likely, returned it to my parents or sold it) of Run.]
Photo courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf via VOA.