Saying Goodbye to John Updike

As news of John Updike’s death yesterday saddens the literate world, praise is pouring forth. The New Yorker, Updike’s literary home for half a century, has numerous tributes from prominent writers who lived in awe of him.  The New York Times has a long and almost entirely generous piece from its sharp-clawed lead critic, Michiko Kakutani. And here’s a National Endowment for the Humanities lecture on Updike that provides keen insight into his genius.

There’s also a nice tip of the cap from the Boston Red Sox  in memory of Updike’s classic story about Ted Williams’ last game, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.”

There’s so much more worth pointing out about Updike. I’ll try to get to some more tributes after a few hours of actual work. I’ve been hearing his voice in my head over the past 18 hours–God, I feel like I’ve lost a friend–and I’ll try to locate some of my favorite Updike passages to post here.

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