Margaret Renkl- American author, naturalist, artist extraordinaire.
When she writes about "whatever," she brings my mind into her world and out of mine. Each and every word she uses is like a paintbrush stroke that paints a colorful picture and makes the reader's brain want to dive into the scene she is describing, into her world.
One of her best works had a title something like "How to rake leaves on a windy day," something about finding hope living in a red state, where she draws analogies and secretly tells two stories at the same time that most readers missed, I'm sure.
But this story draws the reader into their own cobwebby past, and I'm not going to say any more except to suggest that if you do click on this New York Times link at the bottom, I suggest that you also read some of the comments that other readers wrote back to her thanking her for their own trip down memory lane.
I myself dusted off the neurons and lay sadly thinking back at what used to be, and realized that it is Margaret Renkl who does it to me every time she publishes some work of hers, and that illustrates the mind of true genius.