In marking the death of John Updike, The Boston Globe republishes two terrific pieces. The first, a Bob Ryan column printed last September, is a reminiscence of a simpler time, September, 1960 to be exact, when a 28-year-old was among 10,000 odd persons who went to Fenway Park to watch Ted Williams play in his last game.
That 28-year-old was John Updike, and the upshot was “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” published in the October 22, 1960 issue of the New Yorker and the second piece provided by the Globe.
The essay is by a young writer in full, brave and measured, delicious and affecting. Especially if you have any feeling for what goes on inside what Updike calls a “compromise between Man’s Euclidian determinations and Nature’s beguiling irregularities.”
Thanks to reader JC for awakening my nostalgia.