Always Looking

Those who lament John Updike's death because it cut off new fiction from his pen are matched only by those readers who bewail the cessation of his essays. This posthumous volume collects the last of his previously ungathered writings -- many from The New York Review of Books -- that concern the visual arts. Updike confronts the the work of visionaries such as Rockwell, Eakins, and Homer with a keen eye -- and wizardly prose.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.