Monthly Archives: June 2014

Telegraph names Begley bio a best book of 2014

The Telegraph has come up with a list of “The best books of 2014—The must-read novels, memoirs and history books released in 2014 so far.” In the category of biography, Adam Begley’s Updike made the cut with a five-star (out … Continue reading

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Dybek reviewer cites Updike as a major influence

Charles Finch, in writing a review of MacArthur recipient Stuart Dybek’s most recent collections of short fiction, Paper Lantern and Ecstatic Cahoots, begins by trying to describe a style of writing that he feels is characteristic of the American short … Continue reading

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Updike letter offered for $4,206.73

Updike aficionados were no doubt wondering what effect, if any, the Adam Begley biography would have on Updike studies and all things Updike, and one apparent result of the upsurge in Updike publicity is an inflated price of Updike collectibles. Case … Continue reading

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Updike’s rawly titled Cunts fails to draw auction interest

This past April, Heritage Auctions of New York City featured one of only 26 signed and lettered copies of Updike’s ribald poem “Cunts,” which is subtitled “(Upon Receiving The Swingers Life Club Membership Solicitation).” There were no bids, and the … Continue reading

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Russian director heralded for Centaur-inspired film

The Calvert Journal, A Guide to Creative Russia recently published an article on “Shooting Stars: five Russian female directors to watch,” and one of them—Yana Skopina—was heralded for her short film Milky Way Galaxy: “Milky Way Galaxy is based on … Continue reading

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Christian Scholars’ Conference includes Updike papers

This past June 5-6, the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’ Conference at Lipscomb University (Nashville, Tenn.) featured an emphasis on John Updike. In addition to  attending the world premier of “John Updike’s Roger’s Version,” which was announced in an earlier … Continue reading

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Omnivoracious features Updike trivia

It’s come to our attention that in April, to promote Adam Begley’s biography, Updike, Begley supplied the readers’ website Omnivoracious with a brief bit of trivia:  “Five Things You Didn’t Know About John Updike.”  But my guess is that most … Continue reading

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Updike included in an Everyman’s Library fatherhood anthology

On May 13, Everyman’s Library published a volume in their Everyman’s Pocket Classics series that revolves around the theme of fatherhood. Stories of Fatherhood, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell, includes the John Updike short story “My Father’s Tears,” and is … Continue reading

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Preview of staged Roger’s Version applauds director and writer

Fiona Soltes, writing for The Tennessean, published a preview of Wes Driver’s stage adaptation of Roger’s Version, which had its world premiere on May 30, 2014 and continues its initial run at Nashville’s Blackbird Theater through June 8. Soltes notes that Driver received … Continue reading

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