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R.I.P. John Updike

In what caps a tough few months for literary writers, we bid adieu too early to the man I always wished was my uncle (in addition to my real uncles, of course), John Updike. He was only 76. Lung cancer. 

Here’s a goodie he left behind:

At the age of 73, I seem most instinctively to believe in the human value of creative writing, whether in the form of verse or fiction, as a mode of truth-telling, self-expression and homage to the twin miracles of creation and consciousness. The special value of these indirect methods of communication — as opposed to the value of factual reporting and analysis — is one of precision. Oddly enough, the story or poem brings us closer to the actual texture and intricacy of experience.

Damn. He’ll be missed…

3 comments on “R.I.P. John Updike

  1. Lisa Kenney
    January 27, 2009

    It was strange when Saul Bellow died and this is even more disorienting. I’ve always had Bellow, Roth and Updike enshrined together in my mind as a holy trinity of sorts. We are reaching the end of something…

  2. andreadupree
    January 27, 2009

    I guess so, Lisa! Roth has to wonder who’s blocking for him, now…

  3. coffee
    January 30, 2009

    John Updike’s passing is sad, but he left a ton of awesome work. “Immortality is nontransferrable” he said appropriately.

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