Rabbit Reduxion – Looking back at Updike


In the wake of losing several authors of extreme significance this last year, David Foster Wallace, Studs Terkel, and now John Updike, a bevy of reflection floods in.  Search for David Foster Wallace on the Rumpus, and you’ll find a host of articles ranging from Elisa Bassist’s expansive review of Infinite Jest to Stephen Elliott’s unfinished notes on DFW.  David Foster Wallace inspired an emotional outpouring from readers everywhere.  The death of John Updike inspired similar, if not more tempered, outpourings, such as this nice collection of writers reflecting on Updike’s work.  Garth Risk Hallberg takes the opportunity to revisit Updike’s novels, in which he finds that Rabbit Redux is a great novelistic representation of the age of political terror, and that ultimately terror may be a sign that beauty is lurking around the corner.

Anisse Gross is a writer, editor, artist and question asker living in San Francisco. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Believer, Lucky Peach, Buzzfeed, Brooklyn Quarterly, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She openly welcomes correspondence, friendship, surprises and paid work. More from this author →