Still catching up. Oh, for the days when there was a “red-hot center” of American literary life. Former Esquire fiction editor L. Rust Hills remembered (“L. Rust Hills, Fiction Editor at Esquire, Dies at 83,” by Bruce Weber, New York Times):
A shrewd reader with a keen ear for an original voice and a sure sense of the distinction between new writing and merely fashionable writing, Mr. Hills upheld standards he unashamedly thought of as literary. The list of distinguished writers he championed early in and throughout their careers is long and comprises several generations. To name just a handful: Norman Mailer, John Cheever, William Styron, Bruce Jay Friedman, William Gaddis, James Salter, Don DeLillo, Ann Beattie, Richard Ford, Raymond Carver and E. Annie Proulx.