I did not like the John Updike upon first encounter in high school. Harry Angstrom (Rabbit) is not my cup of tea and so I never really followed up and read his other material. However, before the Cold War ended I read this piece by John Updike in Commentary. It is a beautiful rendition of the liberal anti-Communist cause. The Weathermen make an appearance. Updike voted Democrat and came out for Obama this time as well. But this take down of the easy anti-anti-Communism of the Boston literati thrilled me then and it thrills me now.
I read almost no fiction anymore save historical fiction and so am unlikely to ever pick up his work again, but at a time when it was easy to abandon one's country and a small people far away of whom we know little, Updike didn't. R.I.P.