John Updike, RIP
According to the New York Times, John Updike has passed away. He was 76. He was a towering figure in American literature, and better eulogies than this are forthcoming. I will say that Updike wrote several stories had a massive impact on me. When I read his short story "The Christian Roommates," about two dissimilar roommates at Harvard, is among my favorite short stories, and sets a literary tone that I've searched for in every bit of campus literature I've read since. And of course "A&P," taught in every writing class on the planet, is a masterwork.
Of his novels, I've only read Rabbit, Run, but others have been on my eternally growing to-read list. If any of you have a particular recommendation or any thoughts about Updike and his passing, I'd love to hear them in the comments.