The Updike opus is so vast, so varied and rich, that we will not have its full measure for years to come. We have lived with the expectation of his new novel or story or essay so long, all our lives, that it does not seem possible that this flow of invention should suddenly cease. We are truly bereft, that this reticent, kindly man with the ferocious work ethic and superhuman facility will write for us no more.
In the same issue of NYRB there are excellent essays by Julian Barnes on George Orwell , and Richard Parker on big government's prospects.
Ian McEwan, "On John Updike," New York Review of Books, 12 March 2009.