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John Updike, 1955 Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images, via NYMag The ‘net is fairly bursting with Updike appreciations, but I especially like this one from Sam Anderson at New York, which notes that amid what can seem an intimidating body of work, Updike’s essays offer an easy and richly satisfying introduction or revisit. I always go…

Updike down

‘Tis a smaller world now. John Updike is dead of lung cancer. The end of Rabbit at Rest: “Well, Nelson,” he says, “all I can tell you is, it isn’t so bad.” Rabbit thinks he should maybe say more, the kids looks wildly expectant, but enough. Maybe. Enough. Fifty books, countless essays, some of the…