Monday, March 15, 2010

The swamp effect ...

... Re-evaluating Updike a year after his death. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Link is fixed.

The swamp effect is the phrase a friend of mine, the late composer John Davison, said happened to most American artists after their deaths: They and their reputations sank into the swamp, only to rise up some time later. It has happened to Samuel Barber - the rising up, that is. So Updike may sink, but I am sure he will rise again, as I hope John will also. He wrote some wonderful music.