Last night was the first session in Tony Covatta’s literary tour of Updike Country. Tony’s discussion series are v. v. popular. They always fill up quickly and there is often tension and ill feeling when people find themselves on the waiting list. But, you know? It’s a discussion group, so it has to be grouply rather than crowdly. And we always print a warning on the card. The book in question was Rabbit Run, which nobody seemed to like very much. That didn’t stop the discussion, of course, but it did cast a light and damp blanket over things, in our opinion. Nobody pointed out that the Updike moniker was glowing in copperplate above their heads where it is one in a ring of grand and grandish names of Library lecturers. He was here twice, don’t you know, once for a Niehoff Lecture and once on that visit that Jim Schiff wrote the book about. Nice both times. No airs. None. Nice man.
We’re betting next month’s short stories will go down smoother.