Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately? in General Discussions Posted 8 hours ago 3 hours ago, Vautrin said: The writer hints that Bloom only named one book of Updike's, The Witches of Eastwick, on his expanded canonical list, as possible payback for Updike's torturous comment. Who knows. There were a few things in the NYT's obituary that might come under the heading of exaggeration if not actual pomposity Bloom generally disliked 20th century and 21st century literature. I remember he said something along the lines of "Pynchon's Mason & Dixon is one of the last great novels." Then there's also his "no discernible talent" remarks about DFW.