Updike on Writing

Erudite, classy until the end, this is a clip from 2008 of Updike talking with Sam Tanenhaus about writing. A true master of off the cuff aphorisms, highlights include Updike confessing he thought he’d be like Henry James, whose powers were undiminished by age, and his thoughts on the state of American letters: he mentions casually that we idolize burned-out talents, and that an American writer is a sort of priest.

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One comment

  1. Molly

    Oh, wanting to be like Henry James . . . in this, as in so few things, Updike and I are alike. (I haven’t watched the video yet, but that’s a great screen capture.)

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