John Updike, the kaleidoscopically gifted writer whose quartet of Rabbit Angstrom novels highlighted so vast and protean a body of fiction, verse, essays and criticism as to place him in the first rank of among American men of letters, died on Tuesday. He was 76 and lived in Beverly Farms, Mass.
“I like middles,” he said. “It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules.”
From the archive, Teresa DiFalco:
Minor drama is the lifeblood of suburbs.
Lolling around in a state of restlessness is one of life's greatest luxuries.
Here are a few mentions of Updike on MemeStreams:
John Updike reviews Free Life
DUE CONSIDERATIONS: Essays and Criticism. By John Updike, on the notable books list for 2007
Reviews of Updike's Terrorist in The Village Voice and LA Weekly
Check out his many contributions to the New York Review of Books, from 1973 up to October 2008.
John Updike, a Lyrical Writer of the Ordinary, Is Dead at 76