Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Writer’s Almanac features Updike poem

The featured poem for August 31, 2014 on The Writer’s Almanac, with Garrison Keillor, was Updike’s poem “August,” from A Child’s Calendar. Here’s the link.  

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McEwan says he and Updike talked about mortality

Novelist Ian McEwan was recently interviewed for the Books/Culture section of The Observer in a piece published on Saturday, August 30, 2014:  “Ian McEwan: ‘I’m only 66—my notebook is still full of ideas.’” Although interviewer Robert McCrum mostly asks about … Continue reading

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WAMC includes Updike reading in September line-up

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio—a regional network serving parts of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania—released its “Programming Notes: September 2014” and the month’s offerings include Labor Day readings from Updike. “At 11AM, we’ll bring you two … Continue reading

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Updike mentioned in a summer reading round-up

High Life (UK) published a piece in their Culture section titled “What I’m reading this summer,” a round-up in which celebrities share what was on their summer 2014 reading list. Writer William Boyd responded, “Updike by Adam Begley. I’m a John Updike … Continue reading

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The Atlantic on The Other John Updike Archive

Ever since Paul Moran began sharing Updike ephemera on a blog called The Other John Updike Archive (the link to which you can find on our home page), Updike scholars have been wondering where he got the materials—with many speculating that … Continue reading

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Updike scholar contemplates Life After Amherst

William Pritchard, known in Updike circles for his book, Updike: America’s Man of Letters (Steerforth Press, 2000), graduated from Amherst College in 1953 and, now retired as a Professor Emeritus after teaching for the same institution for many decades, has … Continue reading

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Begley to speak at Georgetown on John Updike and the Jews

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Updike biographer Adam Begley will be interviewed by Professor Jacques Berlinerblau of the Program for Jewish Civilization on “John Updike and the Jews.” The program is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Georgetown University and it is free … Continue reading

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Scottish Review of Books on the Begley-Miles pairing

One of the events at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival paired two biographers:  Adam Begley and William Burroughs biographer Barry Miles. Nick Major posted “EBIF2014: Adam Begley on Updike and Barry Miles on Burroughs” as a guest blogger—a summary … Continue reading

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Another Updike thesis comes out of India

On August 20, 2014 another thesis on John Updike was listed on Shodh ganga: a reservoir of Indian theses. The 274-page thesis, in English, came out of Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh. The researcher-author, Tehreem Zehra, wrote about the … Continue reading

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The Pulitzer Project reviews the last two Rabbit novels

There are all sorts of interesting blogs out there, and on one called The Pulitzer Project, Joshua Riley and Drew Moody have “committed themselves to reading all 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning novels” and posting reviews. Here are the entries that relate to … Continue reading

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