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.” http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3865007
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.