Why John Updike Became a Writer

While thumbing through Conversations with John Updike (Edited by James Plath, University Press of Mississippi, 1994) I came upon an interview conducted by Christopher Lydon on “the Ten O’Clock News,” WGBH -TV Boston December 21, 1989.  Updike’s speaking of his trio of illustrations that accompanied his September 5, 1985 New Yorker piece “At War With My Skin” and then says:

“But I’ve never had the wit to submit any successful cartoon ideas.  In fact, that’s why I became a writer — you don’t need as many ideas as if you’re a cartoonist.”



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