A white male writes:
Your recent post reminded me: partly because of your previous posts, I spent a fair amount of the last two years reading Updike, whom I’d never read before. It was time well spent. Thank you for mentioning him in your blog from time to time.
I find early Updike to be uniformly good, but later Updike novels are more uneven. I liked Rabbit is Rich and many of the later stories and criticism, but I tried to read Roger’s Version once and found it unreadable, even incompetently written.