An author that’s in now might be out in ten years. And vice-versa. Who knows when the final sifting is done, in the year 2050, say, who will be read of my generation? You’d like to think you will be one. But there has to be a constant weeding that goes on. The Victorians read all kinds of writers who we don’t have time for now. Who reads Thackeray? An educated person reads Dickens, or reads some Dickens. But Thackeray?

John Updike (1932-2009) American writer
“As close as you can get to the stars,” Interview with Dwight Garner Salon (2000)
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