Btb3
Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism. Published by Cow Eye Press

« That Was Then, This Is Now | Main | Heavy Burdens »

05/27/2004

Comments

Dan Wickett

This is a great idea Dan. I feel slightly guilty sitting by on the sidelines as your critical views as opposed to a strictly review statement is giving me the feeling that riding shotgun is going to feel somewhat akin to having read this tome by the time you're done.

thanks

Dirk A. Keaton

I really may end up buying a copy of the book and following along with you. I've admired Updike for years, but I've read precious little of his work (besides some of his Bech material) because the curve on his books are terribly high and its rather difficult to read anything in present tense (which, just about, kills the Rabbit novels for me). The fact that you're doing this, really, gives me a little hope that he can be read (as he should be read).

Jimmy Beck

I love Pigeon Feathers--both the story and the original collection. I agree that The Happiest I've Been is one of his best. Updike has described this younger self as (I'm paraphrasing) a little brother who likes to show off. And sometimes he is a bit over the top, but at the same time he's almost guileless.

Updike gets a lot of grief for being Mr. Old Prolific Suburban White Male Clogging Pages Of The New Yorker. Fair enough, I suppose--I've never been a fan of his poetry, God knows. But I think people will still read these early stories in 100 years.

Nice job, Dan, as usual.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Jp3
The Art of Disturbance--Available as Pdf and Kindle Ebook
Deweylp1
Literary Pragmatism--Available as a Pdf