“I’m very flattered by the linkage in so far as it exists. I’ve been admiring John long before I became a writer so the linkage redowns to my benefit considerably. I wish I could write like John Cheever, but I don’t feel I do, and I see him do things effortlessly that I couldn’t do with a great deal of effort. So the similarities to me aren’t as meaningful as the differences.”
John Updike on The Dick Cavett Show, October 14, 1981 - Full show with Updike & Cheever HERE from NYT.