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"Gods do not answer letters": Ryan on Updike

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by buckweaver, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    This is fitting for Moddy's "give me something to read" thread. A fascinating look at one of the most celebrated essays of our time, John Updike's "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," which is a must-read for anyone interested in writing or sports.


    Bob Ryan, thank you.

    (And if you want to read Updike's original essay, click <a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2008/09/26/hub_fans_bid_kid_adieu/">here</a>.)
  2. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Thanks for posting, buck. Updike's turn of phrase is sage and beautiful.
  3. ECrawford

    ECrawford Member

    Has this nation produced a more versatile writer than Updike? I don't think so.
  4. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    This gentleman begs to differ.

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  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Some may be interested to know that in May a 50th anniversary update edition of this essay will be published in book form, with more on the story from Updike.
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    A giant among midgets, and one of the five greatest U. S. citizens, ever.
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  7. Not to steer someone else's thread off course, but most versatile U.S. writers is an interesting debate and could probably warrant a thread of its own. Off the top of my head I can think of David Foster Wallace. Truman Capote would be up there, no? Swinging and missing would be F. Scott Fitzgerald, who washed out miserably trying to be a screen writer.
  8. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

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  9. Fiction, though?
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  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    He's considered a lightweight by some, but when you consider the variety of subjects tackled in Michael Crichton's novels, he'd have to be in the discussion.
  11. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    No fiction, Waylon. It wasn't in the literary soil yet.

    Poe did a detective work, dabbled in criticism, classical translations, newspaper and magazine writing and fronted a book about shellfish for drinking money. Who knows what more he would have tried out if not for an early grave.
  12. Was Hemingway's newspaper work in any way notable?
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