John Updike, RIP

George Saunders remembers:

A John Updike is a once-in-a-generation phenomenon, if that generation is lucky: so comfortable in so many genres, the same lively, generous intelligence suffusing all he did. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but, as I expect is the case with many readers, I internalized him, and am a better person for the urbane, hopeful, articulate voice he put in my head.

Tom Mallon has a lovely grace-note here. You can read online archives of Updike's work at The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Review Of Books, and The New Republic. I do not recall ever reading a bad Updike sentence.