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?