Reconnecting with the Friends of your Youth during lockdown

It’s a phrase from All the King’s Men, one of many that have stayed with me since I first read Robert Penn Warren’s novel in my sophomore year of college.

I never know how to describe the effect that book had on me. Transformational might do the trick, but then, that seems a bit trite. Maybe the greatest compliment I can pay it is that when I’ll pluck up the courage to plumb through the broken-in spine of the copy I’ve kept since that fateful fall—wondering, with each new pass, if it’ll still hit home this time—I’m never…