Who reads John Updike?

Do the kids – in these times of identity politics – still read Updike? The answer is “probably not”. But should they? Claire Lowdon makes the case; Toby Lichtig discusses Chelsea Manning, the US Army data analyst turned whistle-blower, and a new documentary on her life; Eric Rauchway considers the prevalence of pro-Nazi feeling and policy in 1940s America and beyond

 

Novels 1959–1965: The Poorhouse Fair, Rabbit, Run, The Centaur, Of the Farm, by John Updike (Library of America)

XY Chelsea, directed by Tim Travers Hawkins

Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich’s supporters in the United States, by Bradley Hart

The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a village caught in between, by Michael Dobbs

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