Tuesday, January 27, 2009

John Updike: 1932–2009



Why is it that the deaths of some authors catch you off guard, while the passing of others seems somehow more natural? Maybe it was Updike's prolific nature that made it seem somehow unlikely that he'd ever stop doing what he did (write, write, write) for so many years.

You've probably read it, but if you haven't, here it is: "A&P"

[UPDATE: Here is an interesting video in which Updike discusses the recent election.]

3 comments:

BJK said...

it's interesting: i just read dfw's (rather critical) essay on updike yesterday. have you read it?

BJK said...

here's the dfw essay:

http://www.observer.com/node/39731

BJK said...

good quote from the ny times article:

“I would write ads for deodorants or labels for catsup bottle, if I had to,” he told The Paris Review in 1967. “The miracle of turning inklings into thoughts and thoughts into words and words into metal and print and ink never palls for me.”