John Updike, R.I.P.
How to review a book, from a guy who spent a literary lifetime working both sides of the street.
This passage strikes me as especially on the mark:
Review the book, not the reputation. Submit to whatever spell, weak or strong, is being cast. Better to praise and share than blame and ban. The communion between reviewer and his public is based upon the presumption of certain possible joys in reading, and all our discriminations should curve toward that end.
- by Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times