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Tuesday, May 30, 2006


In an otherwise well-considered review of John Updike's new novel, Terrorist, by John Leonard in New York magazine, one came across these sentences:

"Unlike every other novelist looking over his shoulder at 9/11—an Ian McEwan, a Reynolds Price, a Jay McInerney, a Jonathan Safran Foer—Updike isn’t writing from the victim’s point of view. He guesses instead at unhinging excruciations."

"Unhinging excruciations"? Anyone care to explain what that means?


  • Updike revealed on the Today show this morning that among the various books he consulted when writing his latest was "A Tourist's Guide to New Jersey", as he had never been to the state.

    Maybe the Times is referring to living in the Garden State.

    By Anonymous Filmiholic, at 12:39 AM  

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