I love to talk but when it comes to writing I've learned that you can talk a story out before you’ve finished–or even started–writing. Some talking is good because it helps formulate your thinking but it can go too far.
My father didn't care much for Fitzgerald or Hemingway or Faulkner. He loved Steinbeck. But the writer he told me to read was John O'Hara. I still have the copy of O'Hara's short stories that Dad gave me when I was in high school.
Lucky for us, the Baseball Almanac has reprinted John Updikes' celebrated 1960 New Yorker story on Ted Williams' last game, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu":
Check out John Updike's short essay, "Never to Sleep, Always to Dream," written for Golf Digest back in 2001: