Tuesday, January 27, 2009

John Updike RIP

John Updike 1932-2009

I can't say it better than the NY Times, but the Times surely can't say it better than Updike himself. A favorite Updike quotation, in remembrance:
"But are they to be trusted? Are they – words – anything substantial upon which we can rest our weight? The best writers say so. Sometimes I believe it. But the illogic of the belief bothers me: From whence did words gather this intrinsic potency? The source of language, the spring from which all these shadows (tinted alliterative, shapely, but still shadows) flow, as itself in shadow."
– John Updike, The Early Stories Amazon

Ashley Herriman - Stark Contributing Writer

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