Monthly Archives: January 2014

Panels set for May ALA conference in Washington, D.C.

Scott Dill, who put out the call for papers and assembled the panels for the Society’s annual participation at the American Literature Association Conference, has announced that the panels are set: Updike and the Short Story: Vol. 1 Chair: Matthew … Continue reading

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Granta editor’s book on author encounters includes Updike

Former Granta editor John Freeman interviewed a lot of major writers over the course of 13 years—a number that proved lucky for him, as those encounters inspired a book, How to Read a Novelist (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 334 pages). … Continue reading

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Updike’s advice to writers featured on Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings, a self-described “cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, and more,” published a piece that features clips of Updike talking about his writing habits and offering … Continue reading

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Updike’s alma frater, the Lampoon, gets a female president

Updike fans know that his stint on the Harvard Lampoon was career-shaping, and that he was one of many distinguished and successful creative minds to serve as its president. Next year, a woman takes the satiric helm for the first … Continue reading

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Author and book reviewer draws inspiration from Updike

Author Nick Mattiske writes that he has published a book of reviews in Australia, and in the introduction he draws inspiration from John Updike to “make a few rambling points about reviewing. The introduction also includes a caricature of Updike,” … Continue reading

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Bibliographical Society of America lecture will draw heavily on Updike research

Matthew Kirschenbaum, who will give the annual lecture at the Bibliographical Society of America this Friday, January 24 in New York City, says that his lecture draws heavily on his research of the Updike papers at the Houghton Library. The … Continue reading

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Author recordings including JU to be marketed again, says NY Times

The New York Times posted an article yesterday in which William Grimes recalls a series of 1963 LPs (that’s “long-playing records,” for the digital generation) from Calliope Records featuring authors reading from their own work. Included was John Updike, who … Continue reading

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Paris Review publishes visual author puns, including JU

Yesterday The Paris Review Daily published “A Resident of Sipswich, MA,” the final installment in a series of Timothy Leo Taranto illustrated author puns. The drawing speaks for itself. Other authors targeted: Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and F. … Continue reading

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Penn State acquires Chip Kidd archives

Updike aficionados know Chip Kidd as the principal designer of Updike’s books published at Knopf, but the fellow Reading, Pa. native also wrote books of his own and designed covers for numerous other authors, including the now-iconic dust jacket for … Continue reading

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Rabbit Rebop? Telegraph quotes Updike on jazz

Martin Chilton, Culture Editor for The Telegraph online, today posted an article titled “Benny Goodman 1938 concert revived,” which begins, “Benny Goodman’s 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall is one of the most famous in the history of jazz, lauded by … Continue reading

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