Earlier I did a post on John Updike. I suppose that it was in part
influenced by the critical acclaim that he is receiving upon his death.
And I had my disagreements about that. But as my good parents taught me
when I was a kid, "If you can't say something good about somebody, don't
say anything at all."
And so let it rest. Besides, nobody is really going to care what my
opinion is of Updike anyway.
To paraphrase Rasmussen, "Give me Hammett and Chandler, and you can
take the rest."