Colleagues for more than half a century, writer-editor partners for more than half that time, John Updike and I were close at a fixed distance--he at ...
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John Updike was one of the few writers of our age who didn't see writing as an aggressive act that needed to be met with another aggressive act: criticism.
Updike had a good priest's devotion to his writing vocation. And for all the sex, laughter and inspired mischief we gratefully associate with him, he had also an air almost of sanctity.
I think I was simply seduced by his writing. I felt I knew him, and in an odd way, that he knew me.
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