Mighty Red Pen

January 28, 2009

On bidding John Updike adieu

Filed under: At home with MRP,Lit review — mighty red pen @ 6:56 pm
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So no doubt you’ve heard by now that John Updike has passed away. MRP has two things to share with you about that.

1. In honor of his passing, I resolve to actually read one of his books. Every book I could think of that I thought was one of his that I had read was in fact by John Irving. I welcome suggestions as to where I should get started.

2. In a conversation about Updike’s death, someone exclaimed something to the effect of “Are there any living U.S. authors  that are worth reading anymore?” My first reaction was, there, there, it can’t be all that bad. I suppose people would point to such authors as Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, or Joyce Carol Oates, for example. Mister MRP immediately suggested the aformentioned Irving and also Tim O’Brien. So I put it to you, dear readers: are there any living U.S. authors that are worth reading now that John Updike is gone?


  1. Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Chabon, Tom Wolfe, Russell Hoban, Cormac McCarthy…

    Comment by tk. — January 29, 2009 @ 10:51 am | Reply

  2. Some old, some new: My list would include Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Don DeLillo, John Irving & Tom Robbins

    Comment by hugh.c.mcbride — January 29, 2009 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  3. the loss of John Updike makes me wonder if the literary world is being replenished at the same rate that it’s losing such great writers

    Comment by coffee — January 30, 2009 @ 1:40 am | Reply

  4. I happily add Anne Tyler and Walter Mosley to the list of writers already suggested.

    Comment by Fran — January 30, 2009 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  5. Mister MRP also adds J.D. Salinger to this list.

    Comment by mighty red pen — February 1, 2009 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

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