Some of my work on Updike was discussed on The Dish with Andrew Sullivan.
Some of my work on Ross Macdonald was discussed on Pretty Sinister Books.
Here is my interview with superstar music impresario Wendy Starland.
Here is my interview with Pulitzer Prize nominee Olympia Vernon.
Here is my interview with the editor of Best American Short Stories, Heidi Pitlor.
Here is my interview with acclaimed artist Emil Kazaz.
My musing on John D. Macdonald, Travis McGee, and the chicks was picked up on The Rap Sheet.

Tracking John Updike's Foot Fetish - Part 4



Counting these that follow, on the blog here we will have quoted from just 20 of Updike's 50+ books.

From "Love Song, for a Moog Synthesizer" in PROBLEMS:

"Grimacing painfully she would oblige, first the right foot, then the left, holding them high off the sheets, the toe tendons white with the effort, here toenails round and bridal as confetti bits."

From TOWARD THE END OF TIME:

"Her feet were exquisite, now that I think about them - the pads of the soles thick and rounded, the little toes lifted off the ground and clearly vestigial."

From THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK:

"She worried less about the face and head than the feet; it was the extremities, she realized, that mattered most to her about a man.  Whatever went on in the middle, she had to have in her ideal man a gauntness and delicacy in the feet - Christ's feet as they looked overlapped and pegged on crucifixes, tendony and long-toed and limp as if in flight..."

From BECH IS BACK:

"Sexy little feet, Beck thought, from his earliest amours, he had responded to the dark band of reinforcement that covers half of a woman's stockinged toes, giving us eight baby cleavages."

From HUGGING THE SHORE:

The essay entitled "Going Barefoot".

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