Updike is a gifted writer / essayist, but he lost me with his nonsensical, "elitist" attack on Tom Wolfe. Mailer was involved also, but I gave him a pass, because of his often brilliant journalism and because he was always half-nuts 8-)
This seems to be true of most of the writers who hit their peak in the late 1960s to early 1970s--Updike, Mailer, Saul Bellow, to name just a few; within a few years of their deaths, they are essentially irrelevant. I've posted before that part of the problem is, IMHO, the treatment of women in ther works. Since women are not always three-dimensional characters in these writers's works, I can clearly see how their writing would fall out of favor, particularly with female readers.
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