I never read anything by John Updike and I don’t think I’ve ever known anybody who has. Nonetheless he not only had the talent to cause people who wrote about authors to write about him but also the capacity to be written about in a neutral-to-pleasant way, a way that didn’t make you wonder at the time why you weren’t reading about somebody else or books by somebody you might actually want to read. The things that were written about him never made me want to read him because they said things like this:
Anyway, that was from his obituary, which I just read. via.