Wednesday, April 09, 2008

My Favorite John Updike Novel Needs to be Rewritten?

by Ken Houghton

Scott Horton discovers that the guys at G-Mu (not these guys; the historians) have dropped James Buchanan to #2 in the Pantheon.

Memories of the Ford Administration (even though it elides Buchanan's homosexuality) may never be read the same again.

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Funny, my favorite Updike novels are his exotica--The Coup and Brazil. As for Memories, from proofreading the paperback for Ballantine I remember quite liking the contemporary sex scenes but thinking the Buchanan material was just a chance to recycle the research for his play.
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