I won’t take much time for this here. Most folks click on this space looking for sports. But today we mourn the death of one of America’s great writers, John Updike, who died today of lung cancer at the age of 76.
I believe Updike to be the most versatile writer in American history. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist (twice), an accomplished poet, a prolific critic, and when he turned his hand to sports in an early profile of baseball great Ted Williams, well, that also survives as one of the great pieces of American sports writing, and was anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing anthology several years back. You can read that piece by clicking here.
Other work by Updike and more on his life and death can be found at NewYorker.com.
Updike is near the top of my short list of favorite writers, and his seemingly limitless intellect and scope of interest, combined with his rich prose and style, will continue to be an inspiration.