Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I just saw that John Updike passed away. He is one of my favorite writers and a big influence on my own work. The Rabbit novels are four of my favorite books of all time, an incredible achievement that, written over the course of thirty years, fully reveals a single life lived both remarkably and unremarkably. The Centaur and the Bech series of books are also particularly wonderful. I understand the negative critiques of his writing and I can see why people don't like his work, but I felt like, for a writer as prolific as he was, he still had a Hall-of-Fame-worthy batting average.