WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

We hardly knew ye

John-Updike-in-the-1950s-001This age needs rather men like Shakespeare, or Milton, or Pope; men who are filled with the strength of their cultures and do not transcend the limits of their age, but, working within the times, bring what is peculiar to the moment to glory. We need great artists who are willing to accept restrictions, and who love their environments with such vitality that they can produce an epic out of the Protestant ethic … Whatever the many failings of my work, let it stand as a manifesto of my love for the time in which I was born. — John Updike

What consternates me is that this is Mr. Updike, at age 19, writing to his parents. Doesn’t sound much like a chap I’d want to have a beer with.

(Photograph: Elemore Morgan Jr., via The Guardian)

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This entry was posted on June 23, 2013 by in Writing and tagged , , , , , , .
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