Miss Grimke: Is anyone allowed to say anything negative about John Updike? Is he a national treasure, like Barbaro or Brady?
DGF: He was perhaps the Harvard of white male writers.
Miss Grimke: He was the purveyor of the philosophy of self-realization through the practice of adultery.
DGF: He was very gifted in his use of the language, but when he tried to write from the female point of view the only characters he could imagine himself into were witches. And when he imagined female power he imagined it would be used to fight over men.
Miss Grimke: He wrote the male equivalent of high-brow chicklit.
DGF: I would not pursue that metaphor in an armored Hummvee.