The More Mercilessly They Are Served Up.

Great essay by Updike biographer Adam Begely on how John Updike pulled his fiction from the facts of his life: No one was spared: not his parents, not his two wives, not his four children—as he conceded in Self-Consciousness, he exempted himself from “normal intra-familial courtesy.” Or, more bluntly: “the nearer and dearer they are, the more […]