John Updike is dead at 76.
Okay, he was never one of my favorites. I thought the Rabbit series were okay, but generally I didn't relate well to the whole older man focused on his sexuality themes that Updike tended to focus on.
Still, you can't get away from his influence on contemporary writing.
One of my very favorite short stories, however, was written by John Updike. It is called A&P. Enjoy.