When I discovered John Updike, way back when, it was like a scene from one of these comic book movies where someone is thrown across the room by a twitch from a strange force.
I just had never read a writer with such a gift for writing. I immediately wanted to write like that.
I said then that he would be the one American writer who would still be read in a hundred years.
His short stories were knock outs. Solitaire immediately comes to mind.
It’s a bad day when that much talent leaves the world all at once.