January 27, 2009


John Updike, the author of such classics as the Rabbit series, died today at age 76.

I'll admit, I never read much of him, but I always enjoyed his short fiction (although, truth be told, whenever I want to read stories about the sexual frustrations of New England WASPs, I reach for John Cheever and not Updike). But this piece, on Teddy Ballgame's final game at Fenway Park, makes me think I need to read more of him.

May he rest in peace.

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Blogger M. Perkins said...

I read an Updike short story yesterday afternoon that is in the current issue of the American Scholar and found out only two hours later that he had died. Sobering coincidence, that.

I've only read maybe a dozen of his short stories and enjoyed them. "The Journey to the Dead" is one of my favorite short stories.

January 28, 2009 at 3:47 PM 
Blogger SC said...

Updike and Cheever. Good stuff. "The Enormous Radio" is one of my favorite stories.

February 2, 2009 at 8:43 PM 

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