Monthly Archives: September 2013


John Updike is among the writers profiled in A Journey Through Literary America, a coffee-table book that is being sold to benefit the establishment of an American Writers Museum in Chicago. Here’s the release: The authors of A Journey Through Literary America are embarking … Continue reading

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Updike included in list of TOP 50 CONTEMPORARY WRITERS OF FAITH

He wasn’t included in a list of Top 25 Contemporary Writers of Faith, because the editors of Patheos—”Hosting the Conversation on Faith”—only included living writers. But death apparently is a technicality readers would rather not concern themselves with. The editors … Continue reading

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Updike house and curator are profiled

Albright College, where curator Maria Mogford teaches, ran a profile of her and the house restoration-in-progress. Here’s the link.

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Justin Cartwright’s Book of a Lifetime? Rabbit at Rest

The Independent [London] for September 13, 2013 featured a piece by writer Justin Cartwright, who picked Rabbit at Rest for his “Book of a Lifetime.” “Rabbit at Rest is a wonderful book, honest, detailed, perceptive and moving,” he writes. “Although quietly charming and … Continue reading

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Updike house gets a badly needed facelift

The John Updike Childhood Home at 117 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, Pa., is getting a badly needed exterior paint job. The exterior had been neglected for many years prior to the Society’s purchase of the home, and compared to other buildings … Continue reading

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Writer’s Almanac features Updike poem

The poem for September 10, 2013 is “Thunderstorm in Dorset, Vermont,” by John Updike, from his last collection, Endpoint. Download or listen to it here.

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Franzen goes fecal on Updike in a Paris Review rant

Some people think Jonathan Franzen is a literary giant; others think he’s just another talent with gigantic arrogance—the kind that enables him to turn down Oprah when every other writer in the country would do headstands for the chance to … Continue reading

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