Monthly Archives: December 2013

Newly published Iranian five-story collection features Updike

From the Iran Book News Agency comes the announcement that “‘Blue House’ House to Stories of Noted Writers” was recently published in Persian, a five-story collection featuring authors Alice Munro, John Updike, Alistair Morgan, and Kate Walbert. Titles of the … Continue reading

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Lost and found: Sam Tanenhaus essay on Updike’s politics surfaces

In a November 8, 2012 essay on “John Updike’s ‘Rabbit Redux’ and White Working-Class Angst” published under the shortened name “Man in the Middle”—an essay that many may have missed—New York Times Book Review Editor Sam Tanenhaus reports, “John Updike … Continue reading

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Dec. 27 Writer’s Almanac features Updike poem

John Updike often remarked that he wished he was taken more seriously as a poet, but he has at least one booster:  humorist Garrison Keillor, who frequently features an Updike poem on The Writer’s Almanac. Yesterday, December 27, 2013, he … Continue reading

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Postmodern Deconstruction Madhouse explores Updike “signage”

‘Twas six nights before Christmas and all through the Postmodern Deconstruction Madhouse there were signs from Updike’s “Rabbit” novels. Blogger Peter Quinones takes note of the “Signs and Signage in Updike’s ‘Rabbit’ Novels” and offers a count and speculation for … Continue reading

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Updike lauded in The Common Review

In a reflective critical essay titled “Updike Redux,” published in Vol. 8, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2009/2010) of The Common Review, William Giraldi writes, “Of all the American literary titans who have died within the past several years—Saul Bellow, Arthur Miller, … Continue reading

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PECO Foundation donates $20,000 to help restore The John Updike Childhood Home

The John Updike Society has received a $20,000 donation from the PECO Foundation, a charitable trust based in New York City, “to help support the John Updike Society’s project to preserve the Updike family house.” H. Roemer McPhee, who is … Continue reading

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Animated Updike? PBS Digital Studios presents John Updike on Family Affairs

Yesterday PBS Digital Studios posted a five-minute animated short titled “John Updike on Family Affairs,” part of their Blank on Blank series. It’s animated from a previously unheard spring 2002 interview by John Freeman, in which Updike talks about his … Continue reading

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Selected Shorts readings of Updike stories now online

          On November 22, a special broadcast of Public Radio International’s Selected Shorts titled “Updike Redux” featured two of the readings that were a part of the Library of America / Symphony Space event last October … Continue reading

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