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In Praise of Nepotism

In August 2003, Esquire magazine published a review of Adam Bellow's In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History.

"Bellow believes 'nepotism works, it feels good, and is generally the right thing to do,'" the reviewer declared, adding. "Bellow... believes it was 'not likely that I would have published this book without the added value my name brings.' I disagree: The book would certainly have been published, and it will be widely admired, regardless of the author's paternity."

The reviewer? David Updike, the author of Out of the Marsh -- and John Updike's son.

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