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writings about golf
By John Updike
For some reason, golf inspires good writing.
John Updike proves the point again in this collection of 30 pieces, originally published between 1958 and 1995.
Updike is among Americas revered men of letters, and among the few to describe their personal feelings about the daunting permanence of an 18 handicap.
I have four favorites among these pieces:
"Drinking From a Cup Made Cinchy" is among the oldest pieces, but it is also the funniest. Updike instructs the reader on the proper method of drinking from a cup and saucer, using the convoluted descriptions found in far too many golf books and magazines.
"Farrells Caddie" first appeared in the New Yorker magazine. It is an eerie delight, involving an American golfer in Scotland and a caddie with uncanny vision.
"Womens Work" is a loving appreciation of the LPGA and its players, written originally as a program piece for the 1984 U.S. Womens Open. His description of the mixed emotions of men among superior women golfers is both thought-provoking and convincing.
I think I like the last piece best, however. "December Golf" first appeared in Golf Digest Magazine many years ago. I kept the magazine just for this piece, which hits home for those who cannot play in pristine conditions year-round. He aptly describes the feelings that arise when playing the last round of golf for a while. Now I have two copies of this heartfelt appreciation of golf and nature.
If you've never read Updike before, take this opportunity. If you are a fan of his already, this collection will deepen your appreciation of his talent.
Review Date: May 27, 1998
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