john updike in houston


Last week, my folks went to a reading in Houston by literary giant John Updike. I’ve read three of his books (In the Beauty of the Lilies; Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux) and enjoy him. His use of language is wonderful and his style is unique. Willing to be bawdy, he deals with issues of American life, including Christian faith and American religion, as in In the Beauty of the Lilies and the Rabbit series. My parents bought me a copy of Updike’s collection of short stories titled The Early Stories, 1953-1975 at the show and had him autograph it for me. Very cool. It was published a couple of years ago and has been on my radar since. What I’ve read so far has been fantastic.

According to my Mom, Updike was once interviewed by a prominent TV show host who said that all writers are trying to make some kind of statement with their work and asked him what the most significant statement he had encountered was. His reply: The Apostles’ Creed.

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