In Football Season

“Do you remember a fragrance girls acquire in autumn? As you walk besides them after school, they tighten their arms around their books and bend their heads forward to give a more flattering attention to your words, and in the little intimate area thus formed, carved into the clear air by an implicit crescent, there is a complex fragrance woven of tobacco, powder, lipstick, rinsed hair, and that perhaps imaginary and certainly elusive scent that wool, whether in the lapels of a jacket or the nap of a sweater, seem to yield when the cloudless fall sky like the blue bell of a vacuum lifts towards itself the glad exhalations of all things.”

-John Updike, In Football Season

One Response to “In Football Season”
  1. Chris says:

    mega evocative. I’m ready for fall already.

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