Quote of the Day: Why Updike Ended Up in Rural Massachusetts

“Once I got here, I realized that immense as the city is, your path in it tends to be very narrow. I only knew people I went to college with and other writers, and felt I wasn’t really getting a fair picture of America here. And there were too many other writers and editors and agents and people who were willing to give me ideas of what I should do with my life.”

– John Updike, who the New York Times points out wrote over 862 pieces for the New Yorker over his lifetime but “was definitely not a true New Yorker,” talks about why the city didn’t work for him in a 2005 interview.