Rabbit, Run is a 1960 John Updike novel. In fact the screenplay for 8 Mile with begins a quote from Rabbit, Run: “If you have the guts to be yourself…other people’ll pay your price.”
This is also a reference to one of Aesop’s Fables, “The Tortoise and the Hare” in which the Hare stops midway through their race to take a nap and the tortoise wins the race. B. Rabbit is shouting at himself to wake up from his creative nap and win the fucking race.
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