Sunday, March 26, 2006
The Dangers of Reading
This man crafts literary crack.
This is John Updike.
He writes books that I cannot put down.
They cause me to neglect the myriad obligations of life.
I simply can't be arsed. I'm reading. I must finish the next part (cruelly he doesn't write in chapters much, just puts three-dot divisional markings between sections).
Right now I'm battling my addiction to his Rabbit series.
It's not polite. It's not politically correct. It's chock full of sex.
It's dated (published in the 60's and 70's).
It makes me laugh, cry, and agape with wonder at the power of its images.
Still, like all junkies, I think you should try it. If you have any appreciation at all for how difficult writing is, it will make you bow before it. You might even see God in some of its shadowed corners.
But I warn you: you will have to apologize to people for the things you did not do.