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U and I


Get awayyy...

The master of the suburban adultery set piece, noted psoriatic author John Updike, has passed on. Lots at the NYTimes artsbeat. The LA Times' David Ulin is quoted at jacket copy, as well as some very thinly disguised damnation with faint praise by Carolyn Kellogg. (I'm only aware of four Rabbit novels total, but the post says there are five; am I missing one?)

But Updike's best obituary will ever remain Nicholson Baker's U and I, a ceaselessly memorable personal account, low on scholarship and high on pith, of a then-fledgling author's awestruck interanimation with an "established" American author of a time when such monsters were possible.