Rabbit punch

Florid feminist reviews John Updike’s oeuvre:

Had we forgotten, as a society, that the 1971 sequel to Rabbit, Run contains a scene of Rabbit reading The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass out loud while a black man rapes a hippy girl who, earlier, spent several pages speaking entirely in rhyme?

I don’t think we, as a society, ever actually read Rabbit Redux at all. It may have been on our shelves, but we never made it past the first chapter, let alone to that scene.

Update: This woman seems to have read pretty much everything Updike ever wrote, and thought about it seriously (if somewhat feministly) just to do a few pages on him in the London Review of Books. That’s taking the ‘over and above the call of duty’ routine to a new extreme.

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